Ken Maeda Passes Away at 44 Years Old

It has been reported that comedian Ken Maeda passed away in the early morning of April 26. He was receiving treatment after being transported to the hospital in cardiac arrest.

On April 24 at around 7pm, Maeda suddenly began vomiting on a road in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Sanchome.  On the 25th, his agency commented that he was transported to the hospital via ambulance in cardiac arrest and was receiving medical treatment.

Just before the incident, Maeda updated his Twitter at around 6pm: “People should have both small dreams that are close by and big dreams that are far away.” At 6:45pm, he mentioned that he was eating at a restaurant in Shinjuku Sanchome, adding a photo alongside his update.

Maeda was well known for his impersonations of singer Aya Matsuura, but he was also active as an actor, and played roles such as Yuki Hideyasu in NHK’s Taiga drama “Go: Hime-tachi no Sengoku”.  He was also a choreographer and film director.

Source: Oricon

  • Comments

    • anne

      wow… rest in peace.

      yeah, i remember his impersonations – he used to be on tv a lot about 10 years ago
      reading the other news about him the other day i thought that he was lucky to be found so quickly. i wonder what happened

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    • Taima-kun

      at 6:45 he was eating, then 15 minutes later he started vomiting and collapsed soon after
      before all that he posted that rather ominous quote, i hope it’s not suicide

      RIP Maeda-san

      • taka

        “People should have both small dreams that are close by and big dreams that are far away.” an ominous quote?

      • Dalooshe

        I thought you were going to imply a homicide rather than a suicide :s

    • eplizo

      Oh my god. I was hoping he would get better…. RIP. :'(

    • H

      I remember seeing his impressions on V6’s show. Sad to see him go, he was young.

    • Dalooshe

      Shame :( I didn’t expect to hear this after his news of collapsing. RIP

    • light

      That’s horrible….Rip. ..

    • Leyla

      Oh no :-( Rip

    • Do-tell

      Maeken traaaannnnncccceeee~ Rest in paradise

      • elsupertai

        That’s exactly how I got to know him (and also by his Aya Matsuura’s impersonations). May he rest in peace. :/

    • Digital Junkie

      ” he was eating at a restaurant in Shinjuku Sanchome”
      Is anybody going to investigate that restaurant? he obviously died from food poisoning.

      • Mayura

        Or severe allergy.

    • ae_abercrombie

      OMG NO! RIP Maeda. I’m glad he made us laugh for years. He will be missed.

    • me

      RIP :(

    • Guilherme Teruya

      RIP :( Really sad about it.

    • Lilly

      This is so SAD :(