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Comedian Kei Tani dies at 78 after accident

Kyodo News

Comedian and actor Kei Tani died Saturday after injuring his head in an accident at his home, people close to him said. He was 78.

Tani, a Tokyo native whose real name was Yasuo Watanabe, made his name in the entertainment industry in the 1950s as a trombonist in the comic-jazz band Crazy Cats. The band found fame with appearances in popular TV shows through the early 1970s.