Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba passed away due to COVID-19 complications

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23 Aug – Japanese actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba has passed away from COVID-19 complications.

As reported on Japan Times, the actor, known to his global fans as Sonny Chiba, breathed his last on 19 August at a hospital in Kimitsu City, China several weeks after contracting the virus.

His agency stated that the actor had been treating his COVID-19 condition at home, but was hospitalised on 8 August and being put on oxygen due to his worsening pneumonia.

Born in 1939, Sonny had starred in numerous films including the Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok-starrer, "The Storm Riders", Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill", as well as "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift".

In Japan, the actor had starred in numerous films and television works including "Shadow Warriors", "Teppen", and "Furin Kazan".

He was 82.

Sonny Chiba in 'Storm Riders'
Sonny Chiba in 'Storm Riders'
Sonny playing Hattori Hanzo in 'Kill Bill: Vol.1'
Sonny playing Hattori Hanzo in 'Kill Bill: Vol.1'

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