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 has starred in numerous films and television works including “Shadow Warriors”, “Teppen”, and “Furin Kazan”.

He was 82.

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Sonny Chiba in “Storm Riders”
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Sonny playing Hattori Hanzo in “Kill Bill: Vol.1”

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