LIVE ACTION FILM STAR WHO DIED LAST WEEK: The life and times of the young woman who died after suffering a cardiac arrest in a gala party at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tokyo last week.
The young woman, whose name was not released, was a popular gacha star and one of the few people who actually made it to the party.
“She was the only one who was going to have a drink and get dressed and get into the party,” the victim’s sister told the Japanese newspaper Nikkan Gendai.
The star died just hours after the gala, which featured more than 600 people and included live performances by Japanese pop stars and rock stars.
She was 23 years old and worked as a hostess at a popular Tokyo bar called Kajitsu Gacha.
Her death has caused shockwaves around Japan and worldwide.
A police spokesman said it was a “tragic accident”.
“This is a sad case and a tragic incident.
The cause of death will be decided at a later date,” the spokesman said.
A gala is a large gathering of people, usually held at a hotel or bar, where entertainment and drinks are given out.
Gacha live-action films, such as “Life of luxury”, are typically staged in the summer months.
“The gacha is a place where people get together to enjoy a drink, go to the cinema, eat, hang out, dance, eat more drinks,” a spokesman for the Japan Association for Gambling, which represents venues, told AFP.
One of the many gacha stars to die in the past week has been 24-year-old Yui Miyagi, a popular pop singer who died on August 24, according to a Twitter account for her Japanese label.
Her death was caused by a sudden cardiac arrest, the website Yomiuri reported.
Other popular gachas include “Live of luxury” starring a young woman dressed in a traditional Japanese costume, and “Hiroki no komai no hanashitachi” featuring a boy dressed as a samurai who goes on a mission to capture a rival gacha.
Last year, a 26-year old gacha actor who had been performing live on stage was found dead at his home in Tokyo.
Earlier this year, the Japanese government banned the sale of gacha drinks in public places, including restaurants, and banned the use of video screens for the gacha entertainment.