The TV personality ryuchell (real name: Ryuji Higa) was found collapsed in a room of his office in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo at around 5:30 p.m. on July 12, and was confirmed dead shortly afterwards. He was 27 years old.
He and model PECO announced their marriage on December 31, 2016, and had their first child in July 2018, but they announced their divorce in August 2022. They chose to dissolve their legal marital relationship and live as “life partners” as a new form of family from now on.
Ryuchell also addressed his gender and changed his appearance to be more like his preference. He appeared to be very much active on social networking sites.
At the end of April this year, Ryuchell and Peco appeared at a talk show at Maternity & Baby Festa 2023, their first public appearance since the annulment of their “marriage.
Ryuchell appeared in a black dress with long golden hair. When a photo of Ryuchell taken when they were a couple was displayed at the venue, Peco commented, “She’s a different person.”
He himself said cheerfully, “I’ve changed my appearance at all, I’m a different person now.”
“He’s a different person now, and it’s a little awkward,” he said cheerfully.
She is from Okinawa, so her face and make-up look very beautiful and she was well-received by fans. She was living her life as if she had freed herself from her past, wearing clothes that emphasized her cleavage and posting on SNS.
“On the other hand, however, he was troubled by his “responsibility as a father” and the many comments he received from people who were concerned about Peco. It is regrettable, because I think there were ways to help him, such as consulting with someone or leaving SNS for a while,” said a reporter for a women’s magazine.
Peco was staying in Guam for his son’s summer school, and the day before Ryuchell’s death, he celebrated his son’s 5th birthday.
On Instagram, she posted a photo of her son in front of a large chocolate birthday cake that appeared to be handmade with a dinosaur on it.
She wrote, “Happy 5th birthday my son, thank you so much for being born, for growing up so well, and for giving me so much happiness!”
On the other hand, Ryuchell was in Japan for work.
In an Instagram post on July 8, she commented, “I’ve changed my hair back to black because I have to start a new job. Fans praised her, saying, “She’s so cute! and “Cute!
The Instagram account is now private. On Twitter, she posted the following message on the morning of the 10th of this month
The last time she tweeted was “Good morning!”
on the morning of the 10th of this month.
“The fact that she changed her hair to black for work means that she had no intention of committing suicide at least until a few days ago. I wonder if it was something sudden and demonic. Although the existence of a suicide note has not yet been reported, according to the circumstances when her manager found her, it is believed to be a suicide” (TV news reporter).
Ryuchell passed away at the young age of 27. The sadness is spreading not only in the entertainment industry but also in the world.
PHOTO： Junsei Todoroki (1st to 4th), Yasuko Sakaguchi (5th), Sota Shima (6th)