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Japanese musician and songwriter Taiji Sawada has died at the age of 45. He died Sunday, yesterday morning, July 17,  at the Commonwealth Health Center, Saipan Tribune learned,some three days after he reportedly tried to kill himself. after being removed from life support. Sawada left the band, which is massively popular in its native Japan but only making a go of it in America as we speak, in 1992 and went on to perform in Loudness and DTR in the aftermath.

The circumstances surrounding Sawada’s death are as follows: He was arrested on July 11th and charged with allegedly assaulting a female member of a Delta Airline Flight 298 crew, which was en route to Saipan from Tokyo. He was charged with interfering with the employee’s performance and was said to have punched the plane window and to have kicked the seat in front of him.

Sawada reportedly tried to kill himself on July 14th while he was being detained. He was rushed to the ICU after hanging himself with a bed sheet, an act which left him on life support. His mother and fiancée elected to remove him from artificial means and he passed at 11 Am on Sunday.

A Department of Public Safety official confirmed that Sawada passed away at 11am. The official, who requested anonymity, said that Sawada’s body was taken to CHC’s morgue. He refused to elaborate.
A Department of Public Health staff separately said that Sawada had been on life support at the intensive care unit after he became brain dead. Sawada’s family made the decision to unhook the life support system, the staff said.

The staff said that Sawada’s mother and his girlfriend were at the hospital.

Sources from the Japanese media disclosed that Sawada reportedly had epilepsy and a chronic illness.

Sources said Sawada’s family flew to Saipan on Saturday after learning about his suicide attempt.

The 45-year-old Sawada was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night after he allegedly tried to hang himself using a bed sheet.

Because of the incident, the musician failed to show up at his scheduled detention hearing on Friday morning at the U.S. District Court for the NMI.The U.S. Attorney’s Office had filed a complaint, charging Sawada with interfering with the performance of a flight attendant.

Sawada allegedly became unruly as the aircraft was descending in preparation for landing at the Saipan International Airport on Monday, July 11. He allegedly punched the plane’s window, kicked the seat in front of him, and assaulted a flight attendant.

The FBI said Sawada was among the passengers aboard Delta Flight 298. He was in the business class cabin when he reportedly became angry with a female passenger and became violent. The report did not mention what aroused his anger and whether he and the passenger were related.(OP’s note: IIRC the lady was his manager or something like that).

Sawada was primarily known for his work with the popular heavy metal band X Japan and Loudness, where he played bass.

source :

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=111126&cat=1

http://www.spinner.com/2011/07/18/x-japan-bassist-taiji-sawada-dies/

( with some edit)

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