Japanese professional wrestler and Netflix star Hana Kimura died at the age of 22.
The news of Kimura’s death was confirmed by Stardom Wrestling on Twitter.
“Fans of celebrity, we are sorry to announce that our Hana Kimura has passed away. Please be respectful and allow some time for things to go on, and keep your thoughts and prayers with family and friends.
“We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”
The cause of death has not been confirmed, however, it is understood that Kimura was the victim of cyberbullying.
Kimura, whose mother Kyoko was also a professional wrestler, started her career in March 2016 and won the JWP Junior Championship in September of the same year.
She teamed up with fellow pro Kagetsu and won the Goddess of Stardom Championship in 2017 and in 2019 received the Fighting Spirit Award from Stardom 2019 at the Goddess of Stardom Championship.
Earlier this year, she joined the cast of Terrace House, a reality show where six foreigners live together under the same roof.
The show restarted after a month-long hiatus due to a coronavirus, however, Netflix Japan has suspended plans to release a new episode after news of Kimura’s death.
Tributes came pouring in for Kimura with several professional wrestlers and wrestling groups who paid tribute to them.
Portuguese star Raquel Lourenço, known by her stage name Killer Kelly, wrote on Twitter: “I wish it weren’t true. I only met Hana Kimura a handful of times, but her smile and her happiness were contagious.
“I have this image of her that makes up the ResGal and that looks so peaceful and beautiful. I feel bad inside … people should be better than that. Be nice.”
Meanwhile, English professional wrestler Will Ospreay, part of the New Japan Pro-Wrestling group, said, “There are so many nights I would go [Tokyo district] Roppongi and I were joined by one of the most beautiful, vibrant women I have ever met.
“I would always smile around her and her laugh would simply [an] effect on everyone. I can’t express how sorry I am for the Stardom family. RIP Hana Kimura. ”
The National Wrestling Alliance, based in the United States, wrote on Twitter: “The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest condolences to the death of Stardom star Hana Kimura.”
Florida-based group All Elite Wrestling said, “AEW and the wrestling community mourn the passing of Hana Kimura. May she rest in peace and our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans. “