Japanese wrestler, Netflix star dies at 22

by Muizat Hameed

A professional Japanese wrestler and Netflix star, Hana Kimura has been reported dead, aged 22.

This was confirmed by Stardom Wrestling, Kimura’s organisation, on its Twitter account which stated that “Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends.”

The cause of death was not clear but was noted that prior to Kimura’s death, she issued a series of troubling social media posts which likely insinuated she was been cyberbulied.

One of the tweets which caught the attention of fans stated, and raised concerns was, “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 most recent update on her Instagram story on Friday featured a photo of her with her cat, with a caption that read “goodbye”.

Kimura, whose mother was also a well known wrestler with the name Kyoko Kimura, was a winner of Stardom’s 2019 Fighting Spirit Award and one of the cast members of Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, before it was suspended due to coronavirus.

Lots Twitter handlers commented on the cyberbully which caused her death.

“It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media,” said Impact World Champion Tessa Blanchard.

“It was an amazing honor to know Hana Kimura. She was an amazing girl with the kindest soul and immense passion and work ethic,” it added.

Wrestling Journalists said, “I hope this serves as a reminder that interactions on social media can have a serious effect on the mental health of anyone, no matter who they are.”

Among those also paying tributes to the star online was British professional wrestler Jamie Hayter, who wrote: “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.”

US wrestler Su Yung also said: “I will always love and miss you, my friend. You are my little sister.”

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