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.
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.@we_are_stardom
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.
🙏🏾 my heart breaks hearing the news of Hana Kimura 💔 online bullying needs to stop.— @CrisCyborg on Youtube (@criscyborg) May 23, 2020
Thankyou for teaching me japanese, teaching me japanese dances, always checking I’m okay, for being my translator.— Xia Brookside (@XiaBrooksideWWE) May 23, 2020
Most importantly, thank you for being there and making me laugh.
It’s so hard being away from home, but you made japan feel like home 💙
Arigatou Hana-San 💙 pic.twitter.com/sjFuSJ2bsq
F bullies. Y’all need to wake up.. these are REAL people. Not just characters in a TV show, movie or whatever. Tragic.— ℭ𝔞𝔭 𝔎𝔬𝔱𝔞 (@DakotaKai_WWE) May 23, 2020
RIP Hana. Gone too soon. 🤍
Let’s remember Hana lit up the Tokyo dome this year! So glad I got to see her be apart of the first stardom match on kingdom!!!! pic.twitter.com/hoLwsrzjdR— Session Moth Martina🍻 マーティナセッション (@mothfromdaflats) May 23, 2020
You didn’t have to watch a single match of hers to know she was special. You see a video or even just a photo of her and you instantly understood. Unthinkable tragedy. RIP Hana Kimura.— Danny (@dajosc11) May 23, 2020
Words are powerful… Remember that! Poor @hanadayo0903 was a beautiful, talented young woman with a bright future ahead of her. This should never have happened.— TENILLE DASHWOOD (@TenilleDashwood) May 23, 2020
I just want people to take the same energy that they would want for themselves or their loved ones to have and give it to other people’s loved ones. The amount of depravity on social media is just absolutely insane and unnecessary. It has got to stop. 💔 #RIPHanaKimura— ☀️Sonny Kiss☀️ (@SonnyKissXO) May 23, 2020
Absolutely devastating. I remember watching some of her matches and she was so entertaining! It’s upsetting that no matter how talented and beautiful a person may be, trolls always try to break you. Words can hurt, but it can also save lives. Let’s be better. #RIPHanaKimura— Karen Q (@karenmeee) May 23, 2020
Hana Kimura was one of the first women to wrestle on a Wrestle Kingdom show, working in front of a packed Tokyo Dome this January. A whole, history making career was ahead of her. 22-years-old. Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to cover it #RIPHanaKimura pic.twitter.com/i8HXD81AB4— Wrestling Travel (@WrestlingTravel) May 23, 2020
AEW and the wrestling community mourn the passing of Hana Kimura. May she Rest In Peace, and our thoughts are with her family, her friends, and her fans. pic.twitter.com/gouuu3xG5y— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 23, 2020