Hana Kimura, Netflix Reality Star, Dead at 22

Hana Kimura, a professional wrestler and the star of the Netflix reality show Terrace House, passed away very suddenly on Saturday, May 23, Stardom Wrestling has confirmed.

She was 22 years old.

“We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the wrestling company tweeted on Saturday, adding:

“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.”

A statement on the wrestling company’s website also read as follows:

“Our company player Hana Kimura passed away today on May 23. We apologize for the sudden concern and sorrow for our fans and all concerned.

“Regarding the details, there are some parts that we have not yet grasped, so we will continue to cooperate with the investigation between the parties concerned.”

A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Fans, however, grew concerned about Kimura after the athlete — who appeared on season 5 of the aforementioned Japanese reality series — shared cryptic messages via Twitter before her death.

“I love you, have a long, happy life. I’m sorry,” Kimura wrote alongside her final Instagram post, which was hared on Friday, May 22.

According to the Washington Post, Kimura had also recently posted numerous troubling tweets, al which have since been taken down.

“Nearly 100 frank opinions every day,” she also wrote this week.

“I couldn’t deny that I was hurt. I’m dead. Thank you for giving me a mother. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I love it. I’m weak, I’m sorry.

“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.”

Kimura’s death was mourned by many in the professional wrestling community.

“I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb. I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura,” wrote U.K. wrestler Jamie Hayer, who has been competing in Japan since 2018.

“Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential. A beautiful soul. Kind.

“I just can’t even put in to f—ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace.”

Kimura was the daughter of former pro wrestler Kyoko Kimura; she made her own professional wrestling debut in 2016 for Wrestle-1.

Later that year, she won her first title at the JWP Junior Championship.

The Japan native left Wrestle-1 in 2019 and began wrestling at Stardom as part of the Tokyo Cyber Squad.

Kimurajoined the cast of Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 in September 2019.

The Netflix reality program follows a group of men and women as they live together in a house and face the struggles of everyday life.

May Hana Kimura rest in peace.

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Who was Hana Kimura and how did she die?

IT HAS been announced that Hana Kimura has sadly passed away.

Who was the Japanese professional wrestler, what Netflix show did she star in and how did she die?

Who was Hana Kimura?

Hana Kimura was a Japanese professional wrestler who had been tipped for WWE success.

It was announced by her representatives, Stardom Wrestling, on May 23, 2020 that she had passed away at the age of 22.

In a post on Twitter, the organisation – who are a Japanese women's professional wrestling league – wrote: "We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away.

"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."

Hana was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1997, and is the daughter of well-known former wrestler Kyoko Kimura.

The star made her debut in 2016 for Wrestle-1.

Within months, she had won her first title – the JWP Junior Championship – and went on to secure other championship titles.

Hana officially joining Stardom in March 2019, and twice won the Artist of Stardom championship along with the title Goddess of Stardom championship.

Alongside her success in the ring, Hana – famed for her pink hair – had amassed a huge online following.

What did she star in?

Hana appeared in the fifth – and latest – series of Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, which began in 2019.

The programme had became a global hit when it was picked up by Netflix in 2015.

It followed six strangers – three men and three women – as they moved into a house together in Tokyo.

Filming had been suspended due to coronavirus.

How did she die?

It has not been disclosed how Hana died.

The BBC report that shortly before she died, she indicated on social media that she had been cyber-bullied.

On her Instagram Story on Friday, she shared a photo with her cat, with a caption that read "goodbye".

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, a recent episode of Terrace House caused fans to turn on her.

The show's latest instalment, aired on May 19, saw her wrestling matches cancelled as the pandemic spread.

 

Fellow pro wrestlers around the world paid tribute to her on social media after news of the death was announced.

WWE star Natalya posted: "I just heard this news and I’m truly saddened by it. Heartbreaking. Prayers for #HanaKimura and her family."

Session Moth Martina wrote: "Heartbroken."

Tessa Blanchard said: "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."

Jamie Hayter added: "Distraught. I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb.

"I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura. Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential.

"A beautiful soul. Kind. I just can’t even put in to f***ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace."

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