A Japanese wrestler who appeared on the favored actuality present Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 has died on the age of 22, following alleged cyberbullying on social media.
Hana Kimura died Saturday, stated Japanese wrestling firm World Wonder Ring Stardom in a press release.
The wrestling firm’s English-language Twitter account stated: “We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away.
“Please be respectful and permit a while for issues to course of, and maintain your ideas and prayers together with her household and associates.
“We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”
An announcement on the Stardom web site stated: “Our company player Hana Kimura passed away today on May 23.
“We apologize for the sudden concern and sorrow for our followers and all involved.
“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.
“We deeply pray for Hana Kimura’s life.”
Fans became concerned about Kimura late Friday night after the wrestler appeared to post comments on her Twitter account about self-harm. Kimura alluded to being on the receiving end of abusive messages on social media before her death.
Kimura, who began wrestling in 2016, gained wider fame in Japan and around the world when she joined the cast of Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 in September last year. The series follows a group of men and women living together and the daily trials and tribulations of their lives.
Terrace House airs on Fuji TV, one of Japan’s most popular television networks, in Japan and around the world on Netflix. Representatives for Fuji TV and Netflix could not immediately be reached for comment.
The latest season of Terrace House, filmed in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward, temporarily halted production in April due to Japan declaring a national emergency in response the coronavirus pandemic. Production has since resumed and the first new episodes in a month aired last week.
Hana Kimura had “intangible X-factor”
Kimura’s wrestling peers and fans mourned the loss of the 22-year-old star Saturday.
Wrestler Jamie Hayter tweeted: “Distraught. I do not even know what to say or really feel. Numb. I can not specific it. RIP Hana Kimura. Such a beautiful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential. An exquisite soul. Kind. I simply can’t even put in to fucking phrases how upsetting that is. I hope you discovered peace.”
Fellow wrestler Su Yung tweeted: “I’ll all the time love and miss you, my good friend. You are my little sister. The Swanns ship our love and condolences to Hana Kimura, her household, and family members. I’ll always remember you. So a lot I need to say… my coronary heart is damaged.”
Kimura is the daughter of veteran Japanese wrestler Kyoko Kimura and made her in-ring debut in 2016. She joined the popular Stardom promotion in March 2019.
The wrestling star has competed around the world including for Ring of Honor in the U.S. and EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling in the U.K.
EVE promoter Dann Read told Newsweek Saturday that Kimura “was an amazing performer—extremely gifted and who labored onerous.”
“Hana had this intangible X-factor about her, a pure expertise and charisma that you simply simply cannot educate,” said Read.
“She was a candy human being who cared in regards to the wellbeing of others and I noticed that firsthand.
“We’re all in shock and deeply saddened by this tragedy and we’re thinking of her mother and the rest of her family and friends, of which she shares many with in our locker room.”
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