Actress Kumiko Okae passed away on April 23, 2020 due to pneumonia from COVID-19. She was 63 years old at the time of her passing.
Okae had undergone radiation therapy from January to February 2020 after being diagnosed with breast cancer late last year. Okae supposedly began suffering from a fever on April 3, 2020, and was rushed to a hospital on April 6, 2020 after her sickness worsened. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 soon after.
In anime, her roles included Elina in the 1997 The Dog of Flanders film, Haru’s mother in The Cat Returns, and Jenny in the Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew movie.
Okae also had roles in live-action Japanese productions, such as Omitsu, Ten Made Todoke, and Attack No. 1. She also co-hosted the long-running Hanamaru Market life-information program.