February 05, 2013

Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro passed away on February 3rd

Ichikawa Danjuro

Leading Kabuki actor Danjuro dies
NHK World
Feb. 3, 2013

A leading Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro died of pneumonia in Tokyo on Sunday night. He was 66.

Danjuro was born into the Ichikawa house of Kabuki actors that has a tradition of more than 300-years. He began performing Kabuki at the age of 7. He assumed the name of Danjuro in 1985 and became the 12th Ichikawa Danjuro.

He was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2004. After 2 years of treatment and rehabilitation Danjuro returned to the stage.

But in December last year he developed pneumonia. Danjuro cancelled his Kabuki performances for the month of January to undergo treatment.

The following article includes a video with comments by his son, Ebizo...

Kabuki star Ichikawa Danjuro dies after leukemia fight
News On Japan
Feb 04

Japanese kabuki star Ichikawa Danjuro has died after a long battle with leukemia, his family said Monday. He was 66.

Danjuro, whose real name was Natsuo Horikoshi, passed away at a Tokyo hospital late Sunday after suffering pneumonia, compounded by a compromised immune system.
Danjuro became the 12th actor to use the stage name in the Ichikawa family in 1985 and was known for playing masculine characters such as feudal-period warriors.

He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2004 but returned to the stage.

In 2007, he took part in the first-ever kabuki performance at the Paris Opera House, before receiving a bone-marrow transplant from his sister the following year.


The NHK article in Japanese with a video of an interview with Danjuro...

歌舞伎名優 十二代目市川團十郎さん死去
2月4日 2時0分



そして、昭和60年には300年以上の歴史がある歌舞伎界の大名跡、市川團十郎の十二代目を襲名しました。 つづき

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