Beloved Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died March 27, a week after contracting the coronavirus. He was 70.
The Tokyo native was revered in his dwelling place, exactly where he is a house name and has been referred to as “Japan’s Robin Williams.”
“He was well-known amid a vast selection of generations and was the No. 1 source of satisfaction for locals,” Minoru Hasegawa, 69, a fellow native of Shimura’s dwelling city, told the Japan Instances.
Shimura was hospitalized on March 20 right after building a fever and staying diagnosed with pneumonia. He analyzed positive for the virus on March 23, getting to be the initially Japanese celebrity to announce his an infection, and to pass from the illness.
Shimura was recognised for his parodies and slapstick comedy bits, which include the “mustache dance,” and a music about his dwelling metropolis of Higashimurayama in western Tokyo. Adhering to his higher school graduation, he joined the properly-recognized Japanese comedy team the Drifters in 1974. Among Japan’s most effective-identified comedy troupes, the team had opened for the Beatles when they carried out in Japan in 1966. The group’s surviving associates were being too shocked to yet issue statements regarding Shimura’s loss of life.
“I am sure he was operating really hard with a feeling of mission to supply laughter to people,” a consultant from Shimura’s company suggests. “I don’t feel he imagined he would die a death like this.”
The funnyman stayed lively till his demise, starring in quite a few Television programs, and was to start operate on a film in April. He was established to run the Tokyo Olympic torch relay representing Higashimurayama in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until eventually they were postponed until subsequent 12 months.
“I are not able to believe something now. I can no extended see Ken-chan. This is also unhappy,” Japanese singer Naoko Ken tweeted of Shimura’s loss of life.
A different Tokyo resident bemoaned the laughter Shimura would no for a longer period be in a position to provide. “He was our hero. I wish he could entertain us a lot more,” says Toshio Takazawa, 70, who recalled going to see the Drifters live in his childhood.
Japan’s well being ministry recorded 173 new circumstances of the coronavirus on Sunday, with 68 in Tokyo, the greatest single-working day spike for the money, CNN reviews.