Star's chilling final messages before tragic death, aged 22

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, Japanese wrestler Hana Kimura who has died at the age of 22.
Hana Kimura death at the age of 22 has left the wrestling world devastated. Pic: Getty/Instagram

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.”

“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.”

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