One “Frozen” actress was found dead over the weekend in what authorities believe to be an apparent suicide.
Actress Sayaka Kanda voiced Anna in the Japanese version of the popular Disney film, “Frozen.” Kanda also had voice-acting roles in “Idoly Pride,” “Star Blazers 2022,” and “Convenience Story Boyfriends.”
She was currently performing in the musical “My Fair Lady” at Sapporo Theater and had an upcoming role in “Galaxy Express 999,” which is scheduled to premiere in April 2022.
Kanda’s Death Currently Being Ruled A ‘Probable Suicide’
According to local news station Kyodo News, Producers for “My Fair Lady” stated that Kanda had performed at the rehearsal on Friday, but was absent for Saturday’s performance.
Kanda was found unconscious on Saturday afternoon, lying in an outdoor space on the 14th floor of the hotel she was staying at. The hotel has 22 stories.
Kanda was rushed to the hospital, where she later died of her injuries. The police are currently investigating her death. It has been deemed a “probable suicide,” but authorities are not ruling out foul play.
Takako Matsu, who voiced Elsa in the Japanese dub, said that she was “speechless” after the news of her death went public. “The time we spent together is an irreplaceable treasure for me,” she added.
Kanda was the daughter of actor Maska Kanda, 70, and singer Seiko Matsuda, 59. Kanda had married in 2017 but divorced in 2019.
CEO Releases Official Statement After Kanda’s Death
CEO of Robe Co., Kamaichi Mitsuhisha, released an official statement on her website. The statement below has been translated from its original Japanese.
“Thank you for your continued support of us and Sayaka Kanda,” the message began. “We would like to express our deep gratitude to Kanda for her warm words since the last report, including her support so far.”
“Today, I would like to report that the family held a funeral in the form of a secret burial at the request of relatives,” he added.
“As a result of a detailed examination by the police, it was reported that there was no incident and that the cause of death was polytrauma shock due to the fall,” he continued. “Regarding the cause of the fall, we would like to refrain from disclosing it in consideration of the honor of Kanda herself and the influence on the people around her, and we would appreciate it if you could include it.”
“Although we are confused by the sudden farewell to Kanda, we face that fact and take the responsibility of not being able to protect Kanda seriously,” the statement continued. “At the same time as various reports have been made regarding the death of Kanda, we have received some concerns. We apologize for this situation.”
“In addition, please refrain from posting articles related to the privacy of relatives and friends, excessive coverage, and unfounded slander on the Internet,” the message concluded.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “HELP” to Crisis Text Line at 741-741.