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Ryuchell Higa

Age 27 (born 29 Sep 1995)

12 Jul 2023
Tokyo (Japan)
Possible suicide

Ryuchell Higa
Ryuchell Higa [photo:]

Ryuchell was found dead in their agency's office.

Japanese TV personality Ryuchell has been found dead by their manager at the agency's office in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old's cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but police said they are investigating if they died by suicide.

Ryuchell married a fellow model in 2016 and the pair had a son.

In August 2022, the couple divorced after Ryuchell announced they no longer identified as male, attracting much criticism online.

Ryuchell became an influential LGBT figure in Japan and was well-known for their genderless style of dressing. As they became more famous, they were subject to numerous online social harassment campaigns which largely criticised their personal life and gender non-conformity.

Shortly after their death, terms like "Ryuchell" and "character assassination" started trending on Twitter in Japan.

Report added: 13 Jul 2023. Last updated: 20 Nov 2023

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