Hospitalized for “pneumonia”… Sanyutei Enraku VI had passed away. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Hospitalized for “pneumonia”… Sanyutei Enraku VI had passed away.

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Enraku, who made his return to the Takaza stage at the National Engei Theatre this August, and appeared to be in good health in front of the media (Photo: Takayuki Ogawauchi)

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.

After suffering a stroke in January of this year, he was discharged from the hospital in May. He left the hospital with his son, Ichitaro, driving him.
18 years, he had this smile on his face when a reporter handed him a bouquet of flowers to celebrate his recovery. His personality and many accomplishments will continue to remain in people’s hearts.

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