Stardom wrestler Hana Kimura has passed away at age 22 according to the wrestling promotion.

This is an unbelievably tragic story as not only was Kimura so young, but it is believed that she may have died due suicide after intense cyberbullying regarding her portrayal on the Netflix reality series “Terrace House.”

We won’t post it here, but Kimura left what is believed to have been a suicide note and final cry for help via Twitter, accompanied with graphic images that appeared to be of self harm.

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’s passing is heartbreaking on so many levels. For anyone reading this, please realize that words matter. Even public figures with the thickest skin have feelings and can be negatively affected in profound ways by harsh words — especially on social media.

Kimura was a rising star not just in women’s wrestling, but in the industry overall. In addition to being a top star for women’s promotion Stardom, Kimura wrestled in Madison Square Garden on the 2019 ROH NJPW G1 Supercard pay-per-view and in the opening first match (non-televised) of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 mega-event at the Tokyo Dome.

Given Kimura’s age, talent, and with Stardom now being under NJPW’s parent company, she seemed destined for greater success for many years to come.

Instead, a family will be mourning the loss of a daughter. The wrestling industry, from Kimura’s friends to her colleagues to her beloved fans, will grieve. And all of us will wonder how people could have been so cruel.

I will leave you with a line Dave Meltzer wrote in his story about Kimura that puts this all into perspective:

The death appears to be the first result of a pro wrestler’s depression coming from social media cyber bullying.

Rest in peace, Hana Kimura. You deserved better. Our deepest condolences go out to the Kimura family and all her loved ones. Please, everybody… be kind.

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