According to officers from the Ushiku Police Station, Goto was found dead in his home in Inashiki. He is believed to have hanged himself the night before.
Over the past few years, Goto experienced a number of injuries. The jockey suffered from a cracked skull and broken bones in his vertebrae in a fall in September of 2012. He injured his vertebrae again in April of last year.
Earlier this week, Goto had been receiving treatment in a facility in Ibaraki for a sprained vertebrae suffered when he fell off a horse at the Diamond Stakes in Tokyo on February 21. In spite of the injury, the jockey won two races at the Kyoto Kinen two days later.
Goto had been scheduled to race on February 28 and March 1.