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Japan comedian Ken Shimura dies after coronavirus infection

70-year-old was first Japanese celebrity to reveal testing positive for virus

Veteran slapstick comedian Ken Shimura had been hospitalized since March 20 after developing a fever and being diagnosed with severe pneumonia.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ken Shimura, a veteran slapstick comedian and a one-time member of rock and roll band and comedy group the Drifters, a household name in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s, died of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus Sunday, his agency said Monday. He was 70.

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