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Original OOIOO member Kyoko has died

Original guitarist in Yoshimi's all girl group has died

The death of Kyoko, guitarist of the Japanese group OOIOO has been announced by their founder Yoshimi on Instagram. “Kyoko was 183cm tall,” she wrote. “She was on her own pace, optimistic and natural blur. I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us anymore. I love to see her again.”

OOIOO formed “on a whim” in 1995. Their first live shows were supporting Sonic Youth on a 1997 tour of Japan, during which Yoshimi and Kyoko navigated their way around the fretboard with sticker aids. Kyoko left the group after falling ill but remained close, occasionally helping on OOIOO’s merch stands. Kyoko was also a member of 80s goth rock group Kokushoku Elegy. She died on 19 July.