Sumo elder Naruto, the ex-yokozuna Takanosato, dead

Sumo elder Naruto, the former yokozuna Takanosato, died of respiratory failure at a hospital in the city of Fukuoka on Monday morning, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 59.

He was admitted to the hospital Sunday night after complaining of ill health and was treated for asthma, the hospital said.

Naruto recently had been under investigation by the association over a magazine report that said he once beat a former apprentice with a block of wood and injected Czech-born wrestler Takanoyama with insulin in a bid to up his body weight.

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