Hana Kimura, a professional Japanese wrestler who appeared in the latest series on the Netflix Terrace House reality show, died at the age of 22.
Stardom Wrestling, Kimura’s organization, confirmed the news and asked fans to be respectful.
The cause of death was not immediately clear.
Shortly before her death, she posted a series of disturbing messages on social media suggesting that she had been the victim of cyberbullying.
On Friday, the last update in her Instagram story included a photo of her with her cat, with a caption that said “goodbye”.
A winner of Stardom’s Fighting Spirit Award 2019, Kimura was one of the actors in the Japanese reality show Terrace House, before her suspension due to a coronavirus. The program follows three men and three women who are temporarily living together in a house.
Her mother was also a well-known wrestler, Kyoko Kimura.
Confirming his death on Twitter on Saturday, Stardom said, “Please be respectful and allow time for things to go on, and keep your thoughts and prayers with family and friends.”
Concerns were expressed on Friday after Kimura posted self-harm images on Twitter as well as messages saying, “I don’t want to be human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you all, i love you. Goodbye. “
Kimura is said to have been the target of hundreds of nasty tweets from fans and critics every day. At the announcement of his death, fans and industry figures spoke out against cyberbullying and its impact on mental health.
“It breaks my heart to see how cruel people can be on social media,” said Impact world champion Tessa Blanchard.
“It was an incredible honor to know Hana Kimura. She was an incredible girl with the kindest soul and an immense passion and work ethic.”
“I hope this reminds us that social media interactions can have a serious effect on the mental health of anyone, no matter who they are,” wrote wrestling reporter Adam Pacitti.
Among those who also paid tribute to the online star 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. “
American wrestler Su Yung said, “You will always love and miss yourself, my friend. You are my little sister.”
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