Sayaka Kanda, actress and eldest daughter of actor Masateru Kanda and singer Seiko Matsuda, passed away at the age of 35. On Ms. Kanda’s official website, her office made the following announcement.
Sayaka Kanda (age 35) passed away suddenly at 9:40 p.m. on December 18, 2021.
According to her office, Ms. Kanda was staying at a hotel in the city to appear as the heroine in the musical “My Fair Lady,” which was being performed at the Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater in Hokkaido from December 17. However, even on the 18th, the following day, the first day of the performance, Ms. Kanda did not show up at the venue. Ms. Kanda was found in an outdoor space on the 14th floor of the hotel where she was staying. It is believed that she had fallen from a higher floor.
Kanda-san was a truly fascinating actress. She was active not only in movies, dramas, and musicals, but also as a singer, and won many titles as a celebrity, such as the Voice Actor Award for Best Actress in 2003.
She was in charge of her mother’s lyrics at the age of 13.
In August 1998, when she was attending a Japanese school in Los Angeles, she auditioned for a role without revealing her parents. She made her acting debut when she played an elementary school student in the movie “Peanut Cake.
In December of the same year, under the pseudonym “ALICE,” she wrote the lyrics to her mother Seiko Matsuda’s “Love is Always 95 Points. She was only 13 years old at the time. I was amazed at how talented Ms. Kanda was.
In her personal life, she announced in April 2005 that she would marry actor Mitsuru Murata. However, in December of 2007, both parties announced on their blogs that they were divorced. On November 9 of this year, she wrote on her Twitter page about her complicated feelings.
On November 9 this year, she wrote on her Twitter page about her mixed feelings, “I finally got to listen to the songs I couldn’t listen to because I was so unworthy and regretful and sad. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do, but I’ve never been able to sing until today. I feel a renewed sense of urgency, but I want to face this time with sincerity, without relying too much on time medicine (Editor’s note: time is a medicine that can solve any problem).
Ms. Kanda has demonstrated a wide variety of talents. Ms. Kanda was a woman of many talents, and she is being mourned not only in the entertainment industry but also from all over Japan.
(Japan Inochi no Denwa Renmei)
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