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Ken Shimura: Comedian whose slapstick characters and sketches made him a household name in Japan

You didn’t have to speak Japanese to understand Ken Shimura’s humor. But Shimura, who died at 70 on March 29, especially struck a chord in Japan, where he was a joyful presence on television. Read more about the lives of those lost to coronavirus:

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A beloved comedian, Ken Shimura’s slapstick humor made him a household name in Japan for nearly 5 decades. He was 70.

Ken Shimura's slapstick humor, physical comedy and naïve persona made him a household name in Japan for nearly five decades. He has died at age 70 after contracting the coronavirus.

Ken Shimura's slapstick humor, physical comedy and naïve persona made him a household name in Japan for decades

Ken Shimura's slapstick humor, physical comedy and naïve persona made him a household name in Japan for decades. He died at 70.

Est. 40 million tune in to tribute show for late Japanese comedian Ken Shimura - The Mainichi

Ken Shimura, Comedian Whose Sketches Delighted Japan, Dies of Coronavirus at 70. His slapstick humor, physical comedy and naïve persona made him a household name in the country for decades.

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Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus on Sunday night. The 70-year-old has been described as "Japan’s Robin Williams" and was one of the country's best-known comedians with a career that dates back to the 1970s.

Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus on Sunday night. The 70-year-old has been described as "Japan’s Robin Williams" and was one of the country's best-known comedians with a career that dates back to the 1970s.

Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus on Sunday night. The 70-year-old has been described as "Japan’s Robin Williams" and was one of the country's best-known comedians with a career that dates back to the 1970s.

Oh my god, one of Japan’s biggest comedians has passed away after being hospitalized for Covid-19. RIP Shimura Ken.

Famed Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, described as "Japan's Robin Williams," has died after contracting novel coronavirus

#breaking Famed Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died of pneumonia-like symptoms from novel coronavirus on Sunday night, his talent agency Izawa Office tells CNN. Shimura has been described as ‘Japan’s Robin Williams.’ Japanese TV stations are all over it with breaking news coverage

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Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus on Sunday night. The 70-year-old has been described as "Japan’s Robin Williams" and was one of the country's best-known comedians with a career that dates back to the 1970s.

BREAKING: Famed Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies at 70 after contracting COVID-19

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Top comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus days after being hospitalised

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