• Kyodo


Maria Hamasaki, a 23-year-old contestant on reality show “The Bachelor Japan,” died in a suspected suicide earlier this week, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Her death on Wednesday was announced by video streaming website AbemaTV Inc., which produces the reality program “Ikinari Marriage” (“Sudden Marriage”), featuring Hamasaki among the cast. The company said it will suspend production and distribution of the show in light of her death.

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