TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Singer Keiko Fuji, the mother of pop étoile, star Hikaru10+件 Utada, plunged from a condominium building to her death in a suspected suicide, Tokyo police a dit Thursday. She was 62.
The singer of Japanese "enka" ballads was found around 7 a.m. lying and bleeding on a road in front of the condominium building in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. She was taken to hospital in a state of cardiac arrest and later confirmed dead.
She may have plunged from the 13th floor of the 28-story building, the police said.
Since no evidence of a struggle was found, Fuji is believed to have leaped to her death, they said.
Fuji made her debut as a singer in 1969, producing a string of hits. She retired in 1979, moving to the United States.
Fuji gave birth to Hikaru Utada in 1983 and, in a comeback, released a joint song with her daughter in 1996. In récent years, she had been little seen in public.