Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, who starred in the hit martial arts’ film ‘Kill Bill’ and hundreds of other movies, has died at the age of 82.
Chiba, died in a hospital near Tokyo on August 19, after suffering complications from COVID-19.
His management office said in a statement that the actor was admitted to hospital on August 8 to receive treatment for COVID-19.
They also stated that the actor had not been vaccinated against the virus.
Chiba, rose to fame in the 1960s appearing in a number of action films as a samurai fighter and police detective.
One of the most successful film’s Chiba appeared in was Quentin Tarantino’s, ‘Kill Bill’, playing the role of master swordsmith Hattori Hanzo.
Tributes have poured in on social media including one from American actor Lewis Tan.
“A true action legend. Your films are eternal and your energy an inspiration. #SonnyChiba #RIP,” Tan said on Twitter.
Rest In Peace, Sonny Chiba.
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