Ryucheru, a beloved figure in Japanese social media, activism, and music, passed away on July 12, 2023. Ryuchell, also known as Ryuji Higa, breathed Ryucheru last at the young age of 27.
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Ryuchell was discovered unconscious while at work, and unfortunately, it was later confirmed that he had passed away. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police have indicated that they suspect suicide as the cause of his untimely demise.
Details about the funeral arrangements are expected to be announced soon.
On social media, countless individuals who are mourning and remembering Ryucheru are paying heartfelt tributes and expressing their sympathies.
Here is some background information about Ryucheru:
Ryuchell was born on September 29, 1995, in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan. On December 31, 2016, he tied the knot with model and fellow Japanese social media sensation, Peco.
In July 2018, Ryuchell and Peco joyfully announced the birth of their baby, whom they named Link, in honor of Link Larkin from the musical Hairspray.
On August 25, 2022, Ryuchell took to Instagram to express that he no longer identified as male, a gender that he felt burdened his marriage to Peco. Ryuchell revealed a preference to be regarded as Peco and their son’s “life partner” and “parent” instead.
The representatives for Ryuchell and Peco initially stated that the couple was separated, but they later acknowledged the divorce.
During a September 2022 interview with the Japanese women’s magazine Very, Ryuchell and Peco openly discussed their marriage and Ryuchell’s sexual orientation.
Following the divorce, Ryuchell became a vocal supporter of the LGBT community. He frequently appeared on Japanese talk shows to advocate for LGBT rights in the country and has been actively involved in organizing Tokyo Rainbow Pride since 2018.
In the last few months of his life, Ryuchell began presenting as a woman. However, he did not publicly come out as transgender, despite being photographed holding the transgender flag and expressing support for the transgender community.