Actor Akira Kubodera who had played Kunzite / Shin in Live-Action Sailor Moon and Kanai / Giraffa Undead in Kamen Rider Blade had passed away at the age of 43. This was reported by his Talent Agency Hirata Office.
To Fans and all concerned This is to report all the fans who support everyday, to all the people related. Yesterday November 13th, actor Akira Kubodera had passed away. Since it was sudden, family and staff are still not able to accept the current situation. Investigation is going on about the current situation. To all the News reporters, request you to not to cover any of the family members as they are in great pain and sadness. We would like to thank the deceased for his kindness in his lifetime and pray for his soul from the bottom of our hearts. November 14, 2020 - Hirata Office
Some of the news sites have reported that based on the situation, it looks like it could be suicide.
It was just three months since he his contract had expired with SR Production on July 31st and became a Freelancer from August 1. Hirata Office was a business window for him even though he didn't have contract as talent with Hirata Office.
Just last week he had tweeted that he was going to appear in a stage show called Ghost Writer for the year 2021. He seemed to be pretty excited about it.
Other than appearing in Sailor Moon and Kamen Rider Blade, he had also made Guest Appearance in Kamen Rider Kiva and Kamen Rider OOO.