Hospitalized for “pneumonia”… Sanyutei Enraku VI had passed away.
On September 30, rakugo storyteller Sanyutei Enraku VI passed away. He was 72 years old.
Enraku had been in and out of the hospital repeatedly after suffering a stroke in January of this year.
In late August, Enraku was admitted to a Tokyo hospital with “mild pneumonia,” and it was announced that he would be discharged in two to three weeks. However, his condition was actually very serious and he had been in the hospital for a long time. A few days ago, he was also suffering from delirium-like symptoms, perhaps due to the effects of the medication. People around him were praying for his recovery, but he passed away on the morning of the 30th.
In 1970, while still a university student, he became an apprentice to Sanyutei Enraku V. He became a regular on “Laughing Point” (Nippon Television) in 1977, when he was the second “Rakutaro”. He succeeded to the name “Sanyutei Enraku VI” in 2010.
The wake and funeral will be held in a family-style ceremony. We would like to pray for the repose of the soul of Enraku, who brought so much laughter to the tea room.