Founder and president of Johnny & Associates, Johnny Kitagawa, has died at 87.
Kitagawa was taken to hospital on June 18 after suffering from a brain hemorrhage, and up until a week ago, no further details had been revealed regarding his condition, at which point a statement was made that he was alive.
His health deteriorated since then, and Kitagawa passed away due to a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.
Kitagawa was an influential figure in the Japanese music industry, starting in 1962 when he launched his first boy band Johnny's. His impact on the Japanese boy group market made him the man behind some of the most successful male groups in Japan like TOKIO, SMAP, KinKi Kids, Arashi, Kanjani Eight, KAT-TUN, Hey! Say! JUMP and many more. Johnny & Associates, his talent agency, is considered one of the most powerful in Japan.
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