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Japanese Frozen Star Sayaka Kanda Dies Aged 35

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Japanese Frozen Star Sayaka Kanda Dies Aged 35

Japanese actor and singer Sayaka Kanda, best known as the voice of Anna in the Japanese dub of Frozen, has died suddenly at age 35.

The news was announced by her agency, who replaced all details of her on their website with a notice and statement.

They said: "I would like to report to everyone who has supported Sayaka Kanda so far.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"Kanda Sayaka (35 years old) died suddenly at 9:40pm on December 18, 2021. We are very sorry to give such a report to all the fans who supported us and all the people who took care of us. We are still unable to accept her passing and are trying to cope with it. "

The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Kanda, who provided the voice for Anna in the Japanese dub of Disney's Frozen, was currently on tour performing a stage version of My Fair Lady at the time of her death.

It is reported that she attended rehearsals on Friday but did not arrive for a scheduled performance on Saturday night.


Her body was then later discovered at her hotel room and she was rushed to hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Takako Matsu, who voiced Elsa in the Japanese dub of Frozen, has been leading tributes to her fallen co-star, and said that she was 'speechless' upon hearing the news.

She said: "The time we spent together is an irreplaceable treasure for me."


Amon Miyamoto, who directed Kanda's first stage performance, said: "I feel really sad and regretful. She was just getting started and I wish she could have lived longer."

Kanda was the daughter of famous actor Masaki Kanda and singer Seiko Matsuda.

She had been acting since she was 20 and was married for two years between 2017 and 2019

Alongside Frozen, Kanda was best known amongst Western audiences for starring in the 1999 David Greenspan short film Bean Cake, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival.

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