On December 6, visual kei band nurié was en route to Tokyo for their sold-out headlining live concert, “Guide Book”. Unfortunately, their vehicle was rear-ended in a traffic jam, injuring all members. Bassist Takanashi Yahiro was seriously injured, and sadly, later died of his injuries.
Thankfully, nurié’s other three members—Vocalist Ryutaro, guitarist Ayato, and drummer Yuta walked away with mild bruising. Their CT scans came back normal and they are recovering steadily.
Friends and family of the deceased attended a private funeral service for Yahiro on December 10. Friends and colleagues paid their respects with an array of beautiful bouquets, which the family graciously agreed to share with fans on Twitter.
At that time, Yahiro’s family gave permission for nurié to perform one final performance in Osaka on December 17. All shows after December 17 are canceled. At this time the band’s future is unknown.
According to nurié’s official profile, Yahiro was not only a skilled bassist, but also an Aquarius who loved street fashion, movies, comics, and the American cartoon “Adventure Time”. From the outpouring of support nurié received, we can tell he will be sorely missed.
For your convenience, JROCK NEWS has translated nurié’s official statements into English below.
nurié official Twitter
Regarding the accident yesterday night, the car was at the tail end of a traffic jam when it was struck from behind by a truck.
Everyone who was traveling in the vehicle was transported to the hospital but despite the doctors’ best efforts, we are devastated to report that Yahiro Takanashi has passed away.
The other three members are bruised, but CT scans have not revealed any abnormalities.
We will update you on the results of testing, etc when we are able.
We are terribly sorry to be the bearers of such sad news. There will be an update regarding the band’s future in due time.
Takanashi Yahiro has safely arrived with his family in Kobe.
Ryutaro, Ayato and Yuta have completed re-examination, and though they still have some minor injuries, are recovering steadily.
All members will now return home.
We apologize deeply for any concern and worry that we may have caused you during this time.
Today was Yahiro Takanashi’s funeral service. Thank you very much to all those who attended.
This is a sudden announcement but, after receiving permission from his family, the band would like to hold the event on December 17 at FANJtwice in order to speak on the matter in person. Details to follow.
Any appearances scheduled beyond December 17 will be cancelled. The ticket sale for “Guide Book page.2” that was scheduled for tomorrow has also been cancelled, and we would appreciate your understanding.
We, nurié, hope for your continued support.
Yahiro’s Farewell Service setlist
Thank you to all those who sent flowers.
Thank you also to all of those who came to the event, Yahiro Takanashi would be happy to know he is so loved.
The relatives asked us to post pictures of the flowers, so please find them attached to this tweet.
We would be grateful if you could keep Yahiro Takanashi in your heart from here on.
JROCK NEWS would like to express our deepest condolences to Takanashi Yahiro’s family, bandmates, and fans. May he rest in peace.