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Ex-J.Leaguer Oku dies in car accident

Kyodo

Former J.League player Daisuke Oku died at a hospital early Friday after crashing his car into a roadside utility pole in Okinawa Prefecture.

According to local police, 38-year-old Oku had veered into the opposite lane before slamming into the pole on Miyako Island, where he lived. There were no passengers in the car.

Oku suffered a broken pelvic bone in the crash, and police are investigating the cause of the crash and his death.

The midfielder was capped 26 times and scored twice for Japan’s national team. He played 280 games in the J. League’s first division, mostly with Jubilo Iwata and Yokohama F. Marinos, scoring 62 goals. He retired in 2008.

In June 2013, he was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill his wife, but prosecutors decided not to indict him.