Tributes are pouring in on social media over the tragic death of Japanese professional wrestler and reality TV star Hana Kimura, who was just 22 years of age.
Stardom promotion announced Kimura’s passing on social media, in news that has left the wrestling community devastated and angry.
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Kimura starred on the Netflix reality show “Terrace House,” where six strangers in Tokyo are “looking for love while living under the same roof.”
No cause of death was revealed, however, the BBC reports that Kimura published a series of chilling posts to social media on Friday that implied she was the victim of cyber-bullying.
Kimura also allegedly posted images on Twitter of self-harm with the caption: "I don't want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you everyone, I love you. Bye."
The last post was a photo of the wrestler and her cat in an Instagram story with a caption that read: “goodbye.”
Rest in peace Hana Kimura, a Japanese female wrestler and a star on the Netflix series Terrace House. Hana Kimura passed away at the age of 22 and had a lot of potential. She competed for World Wonder Ring Stardom, Ring of Honor, Wrestle-1 and other wrestling companies. pic.twitter.com/lwaSpkh97r— YEP! I LIKE WRESTLING® (@yepilw) May 24, 2020
“We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” World Wonder Ring Stardom said in a statement.
“Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”
Kimura performed at a sold-out card at Madison Square Garden last year with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring of Honor.
She was also one of just four women to compete at a Wrestle Kingdom event at the Tokyo Dome in January.
Her company was planning to make Kimura one of the faces of its organisation after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several other stars in the wrestling world took to social media with tributes to Kimura, after learning of her tragic death.
“To Hana Kimura and her family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss,” Ronda Rousey wrote on Instagram, in part, while advocating for an end to cyber bullying.
“There are no words that could possibly heal this wound.”
It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media. It was an amazing honor to know Hana Kimura. She was an amazing girl with the kindest soul and immense passion and work ethic. I’m at a loss of words over this tragedy. Rest In Peace my friend.— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) May 23, 2020
Hana Kimura was the future of Joshi and perhaps all of modern women's wrestling, a gifted girl at 22 and essentially a kid.— CAL (@AllEliteCAL) May 24, 2020
Don't use social media or the internet as a weapon, we have too many horrible things happening around the world as is, but help one another. #AEWDoN pic.twitter.com/4yQBKQ7Wkv
Keyboard warriors, those who hide behind fake profiles and bully, harass and literally take the lives of people for their own sick personal enjoyment, are the lowest form of scum on earth.— Les Sharratt (@shazbat81) May 23, 2020
She was still just a baby for Gods sake!! 22!! I’m so angry!!
Rest in peace, #HanaKimura pic.twitter.com/TSvLBbJyfj
News of @hanadayo0903 is haunting. I enjoyed our sexy pose off many times in Japan. We didn’t always see eye to eye, she was undoubtedly beautiful, talented & loved & didn’t deserve the torment that took her. I will never forget you #HanaKimura May ur beautiful soul Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/GtAueYy3ge— REBEL/ Tanea (@RebelTanea) May 23, 2020
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