Days after being hospitalised for coronavirus, veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by the virus on Sunday, reported Japan Times. The 70-year-old comic was admitted to the hospital on March 20 for symptoms of fever and severe pneumonia and was declared coronavirus positive on March 23. Also Read - 6,000 Devotees Per Day, Mandatory Face Masks And 6-Feet Distance: Tirupati Balaji Temple All Set to Reopen From Monday

He was the first Japanese celebrity to contract the highly contagious virus. According to the Japan Times, Shimura belonged to Higashimurayama city in Tokyo and his real name was Yasunori Shimura. Also Read - Akshay Kumar Shares ‘Rakh Tu Hausla’ Video to Salute Frontline COVID-19 Warriors, Rani Mukerji Lends Voice as Tribute

The icon joined a Japanese comic series group ‘Drifters’ in 1974. The group later became one of the biggest successes in the history of Japanese Comedy. Also Read - 'All-Pet' Private Jet to Reunite Stranded Pets in Delhi With Their Parents in Mumbai For THIS Cost Per Passenger

Shimura rose to prominence after he starred in the prime-time television comedy show of the group ‘Hachijidayo Zeninshugo.’

He is known for his easy-going gags and parodies and one of the most successful ones is ‘mustache dance’ and a song which is a reference to his hometown in Tokyo

The veteran comedian is much acclaimed for his satirical characters ‘Baka Tonosama’ (foolish lord) and ‘Henna Ojisan’ (weirdo uncle).

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the novel coronavirus has affected 6,38,146 globally and has claimed the lives of 30,105.

(With inputs from ANI)