Shinichi Chiba, known internationally as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese actor and martial artist who died on Friday. Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan and later before an international audience.

Chiba was survived by his children Mackenyu, Gordon Maeda, Juri Manase, and Siblings, Jiro Yabuki.

Cause of death

In early August 2021, Chiba became ill with COVID-19. Initially, he was treated at home but was hospitalized a few days later on 8 August when he developed pneumonia. He died from complications of COVID-19 on 19 August 2021, aged 82. Chiba had not been vaccinated, according to his agency.

Sony Chiba Profile Summary

Full Name Shinichi Chiba
Date of Birth January 22, 1939
Occupation Actor
Marital Status Married, Divorced
No. of Children 3
Date of Death August 19, 2021
Age of Death 82
Cause of Death COVID-19


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