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Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku member died from abnormal heart rhythm

Rina Matsuno
Rina Matsuno of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku died last week due to an abnormal heart rhythm (Fuji News Network)

TOKYO (TR) – An abnormal heart rhythm was the cause of death of Rina Matsuno, the 18-year-old member of the all-girl idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku who passed away last week after missing a concert, the group’s agency announced on Friday, reports Fuji News Network (Feb. 10).

Stardust Promotion revealed that Matsuno died from a fatal arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, after she was rushed by ambulance from her parents residence in the capital to a hospital early on February 8. There was no further explanation as to how the heart condition led to her death.

The day before, Matsuno did not perform at a Shiritsu Ebisu Concert in Osaka due an undisclosed illness. She then returned to her Tokyo home to recuperate.

Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku is an eight-member group that formed in 2012 as protegee group to fellow idol unit Momoiro Clover Z. The latter group remembered Matsuno at a concert at Yokohama Arena on February 11. “Even now I do not believe it,” said member Ayaka Sasaki, according to Daily Sports (Feb. 11). “But rather than not believing it I suppose it is better to say that there is a part of me that does not want to believe it.”