Yukiko Shimizu, 49, the actress and singer who was well known for her hit song, "O-genki Desu Ka?," was found dead at a cemetery in Omiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday. Authorities suspect the star may have committed suicide.
According to police, some time after 1 p.m., an employee at Fuji Cemetery found Shimizu, along with her mother, collapsed in the park grounds and immediately called the fire department. Shimizu's mother, who is in her 80s, was unconscious in her wheelchair. Shimizu herself was confirmed dead soon after.
Shimizu debuted in 1977 with her single, "O-genki Desu Ka?" She then formed the group "Fresh San-nin Musume" together with Mizue Takada and Ikue Sakakibara, afterwards becoming a member of "Kin-chan Family," a group of TV personalities headed by comedian Kinichi Hagimoto.© Japan Today