A 66-year-old man on death row for killing two people in 1998 has died of cancer of the esophagus, Osaka prison officials said Friday.
Susumu Nakayama was sentenced to death for fatally stabbing Takemitsu Kikukawa, 37, and a female acquaintance, Minako Kobuchi, 40, on a street in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, in February of 1998. Nakayama had been having an affair with Kikukawa's wife at the time.
Nakayama had earlier been convicted or robbery and murder in another case but was released on parole after serving 18 years in prison.
He appealed his death sentence but the Supreme Court upheld it in 2006.
Prison officials said Nakayama had been ill since last June and died in the prison hospital at around 11 a.m. Thursday, TV Asahi reported.
His death leaves 130 prisoners on death row throughout Japan.© Japan Today