"Talent" Miyui Uehara, 24, died after apparently hanging herself at her apartment in Tokyo's Meguro Ward early Thursday morning, police said. An acquaintance found her by a door with a scarf and belt around her neck at about 2 a.m. and called emergency services. Uehara was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Uehara, who was the youngest of 10 siblings, came from Kagoshima Prefecture. She was "discovered" while working as a hostess in a Tokyo bar when she was 18. She made her name as a gravure model for men's magazines and later as a race queen.
Uehara last made an entry on her blog at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday in which she lamented that she had not been able to find true love.© Compiled from news reports