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Japanese kabuki star dies after leukaemia fight

Japanese kabuki star Ichikawa Danjuro has died after a long battle with leukaemia, his family said Monday. He was 66. Danjuro, whose real name was Natsuo Horikoshi, passed away at a Tokyo hospital late Sunday after suffering pneumonia, compounded by a compromised immune system. "He looks finally relieved," Ebizo, Danjuro's 35-year-old son and also a kabuki actor, told reporters. "His final days of battling against the disease were tough."
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