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.