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Renowned singer, actor Hideki Saijo passes away at 63

Hideki Saijo poses for a photo during an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun in March 2012. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Hideki Saijo, a singer and actor who became a top national star in the 1970s with huge hits like "Young Man" and "Kizudarake no Laura (Laura with a thousand cuts)," died on May 16 due to heart failure, his office said. He was 63.

A native of Hiroshima city, Saijo debuted to stardom in 1972, and became wildly popular among younger audiences. Along with singers Hiromi Go and Goro Noguchi, Saijo was called "Shin Gosanke (The New Select Three)."

Saijo made appearances in the TV comedy series "Terauchi Kantaro Ikka" featuring a traditional Japanese family. His film, "Ai to Makoto (Love and Sincerity)" was a blockbuster.

Saijo suffered strokes in 2003 and 2011 but remained active professionally, making efforts to overcome illness through rigorous rehabilitation programs. (Mainichi)

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