It's been reported that actor Chiba Shinichi passed away on August 19th at 5:26 pm at a hospital in Kimitsu City, Chiba due to complications of pneumonia caused by COVID-19. He was 82 years old.
According to his agency, Chiba contracted the virus in late-July and had been treating it at home. However, he was hospitalized on the 8th due to worsening of pneumonia and placed on oxygen supply.
Chiba was born in 1939 in Fukuoka Prefecture. He gained popularity after starring in the TBS drama 'Key Hunter' in 1968. Since then, he has starred in numerous films including 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' and 'The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift' as well as dramas including 'Kage no Gundan' series and 'Fuurin Kazan.'
Chiba married actress Nogiwa Yoko in 1973, but the couple divorced in 1994. Their daughter is actress Manase Juri (46). He then remarried, and had two sons, actors Arata Mackenyu (24) and Maeda Gordon (21).
Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.