According to police, a relative found Ashina in her home on Monday. Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.
Ashina was born in Fukushima prefecture, and played Yuki Shinbo in the NHK historical series Yae no Sakura in 2013.
Ashina played You Hime "Hime" in the 2005-2006 Kamen Rider Hibiki television show. She also played the role of Mikumo in the 2009 Kamui Gaiden live-action film, which Funimation released on home video in 2010. The film is based on Sanpei Shirato's The Legend of Kamui manga.
Ashina also played roles in other live-action adaptations of manga, including Impossibility Defense (as Risa Yumehara), Perfect World, Watashi wa Shadow, Yūbe wa Otanoshimi Deshita ne (as Kuriyama), Bara-Iro no Seisen: The Future Is in Our Hands!, Futagashira (as Ogin), Saru Lock, A Chef of Nobunaga (as Kaede), and Ship of Theseus.
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If you or anyone you know is suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to a suicide prevention organization in your country. In Japan, the TELL LifeLine service is available at 03-5774-0992, and an English counseling service is available at 03-4550-1146. In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255. In Canada, Crisis Services Canada is available at 1-833-456-4566.