Mao Kobayashi


Age: 34

Japanese TV announcer and wife of popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo who was one of the most popular TV announcers in Japan when she met Ichikawa in 2008 during an interview she conducted for News Zero, a daily news program for which she was a presenter, whom the couple were married in 2010 and had two children after she withdrew from the TV world, but the family's public appearances and the birth and raising of their two children were regularly reported in Japan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2014 but it was kept a secret for over 18 months until Ichikawa announced her condition at a press conference in June 2016, who was named on the 2016 edition on the BBC's 100 Women list of inspirational and influential women because she broke her silence about having breast cancer, which spread to her bones and lungs, and began writing a blog to help others, whose battle with cancer was covered constantly by Japanese media.

Cause of Death: Breast cancer

Born: July 21, 1982

Died: June 22, 2017

Tokyo, Japan