Japanese Renowned Designer Kenzo Takada Dies From COVID-19

File photo of Kenzo Takada, taken in Tokyo in October 2019. (Kyodo)

PARIS (Kyodo) — Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand who spent most of his career at the heart of the French fashion industry, died Sunday in a hospital near Paris after contracting the novel coronavirus, his spokesperson said. He was 81.

Takada was hospitalized around Sept. 10 due to poor health following a trip to southern France and tested positive for the virus the following day, sources familiar with the matter said.

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