ZARD singer Izumi Sakai dies in accident at 40
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:/ How sad. In elementary school I was a huge ZARD fan.


Singer Izumi Sakai has died after sustaining head injuries in a fall from the edge of a hospital building in Tokyo, her management agency has announced. Sakai, a member of the popular group ZARD, was 40.

Sakai fell about three meters from the slope outside Keio University Hospital in Tokyo's Shinjuku-ku, apparently after coming back from a walk. The slope was slippery due to rain.

A passerby found her lying on the ground at about 5:40 a.m. on Saturday. She had suffered head injuries, and was confirmed dead on Sunday.

Sakai underwent an operation to remove a uterine tumor in June last year. She had been staying at Keio University Hospital since April this year, after the cancer was found to have spread to her lungs, and treatment was going well, according to her agency.

Sakai made her debut in 1991 as a vocalist with ZARD with "Good-byeMyLoneliness." "Makenaide" (Don't give up), released in 1993, became a great hit and was used as background music for the opening parade of the National High School Baseball Tournament in the spring of 1994. The 1997 album "ZARD BLEND" sold 2.5 million copies.

"We hope that Izumi Sakai, along with her hit songs, will remain in the memory of her fans," an agency spokesman said.

Sakai was to release a new album of songs in autumn this year and was planning a concert tour.
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Posted 5/28/07
That is so sad :(... poor girl...
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Posted 5/28/07
ahh noway it cant be im also was a fan of Zard today is a sad day :'(
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Posted 11/15/07
I heard a few days ago about her death. Can't believe this, it's like a drama!!! Getting cancer, and then the way she passed away.

I've uploaded several of her videos. If you haven't seen Izumi Sakai, you can see her videos. You're sorely missed! ZARD forever!
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Posted 11/15/07
Oh dear, This is not good. (Hmm, is curious about her^^)
Posted 2/28/08
I was shocked by the news too.
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Posted 2/28/08
GOD bless her soul...
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Posted 3/1/08
I do think that we should not burn ZARD CDs/DVD/VHS/Music Scores away but to send them to the heaven by listening / sing (especially in Karaoke) /playing (the instruments)
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