It has been announced this morning by Stardom and reported by Forbes that one of the most beloved names on their roster, Hana Kimura has died aged 22 after taking her own life.
Kimura was a star with a huge following and made history in January when she teamed with Giulia against Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki in the first ever women’s match on one of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom events.
Stardom made the following statement to confirm the tragic news:
“Stardom fans, 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.”
Kimura has herself made a number of disturbing posts in the run-up to her death suggesting that her actions are the result of a constant barrage of apparent cyber-bullying on social media. She had previously tweeted a heartbreaking message that looks in hindsight like a suicide note. Kimura’s tweet read:
“Nearly 100 frank opinions every day. 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 is another horrible blow to wrestling fans in a week where former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard died after saving his son’s life during an ocean swimming tragedy after their party was caught in a rip tide.
Our thoughts go out to Hana Kimura’s family, the Stardom wrestling family and her worldwide fanbase.