Hana has died aged 22 (Picture: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
Netflix star and pro wrestler Hana Kimura has died aged 22.
Her wrestling company Stardom confirmed that the star of Netflix reality series Terrace House: Tokyo had passed away.
A statement read: ‘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.’
Hana’s cause of death has not yet been revealed.
However, on Friday, the wrestler posted a picture of herself with her cat with the troubling caption: ‘Goodbye.’
Hana posted pictures with her cat on Instagram before her death (Picture: Instagram)
According to Variety, Kimura also recently shared a number of concerning tweets, in which she said she ‘didn’t want to be a human anymore’.
She reportedly implied she had been cyber bullied, and wrote: ‘Nearly 100 frank opinions every day. I couldn’t deny that I was hurt. I’m dead. Thank you for giving me a mother. It was a life I wanted to be loved.
‘Thank you to everyone who supported me. I love it. I’m weak, I’m sorry. I don’t want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you, everyone. I love you. Bye.’
Hana also alluded to self-harm in a number of tweets.
Wrestling was in Kimura’s blood, with her mother Kyoko Kimura also a Japanese pro wrestler.
She made her debut with Wrestle-1 in 2016 and won her first title, the JWP Junior Championship, the same year.
In 2019, she left Wrestle-1 to join Stardom, where she became the leader of the Tokyo Cyber Squad faction.
Hana joined the most recent series of Terrace House in 2019 (Picture: Netflix)
During her time at Stardom, she won the Artist of Stardom championship twice, as well as a Goddess of Stardom championship.
Hana was also part of the current series of Netflix’s reality TV hit Terrace House: Tokyo, which airs on Fuji TV in Japan.
She joined the reality series – which follows the lives of a group of young men and women living together in Tokyo – on the 20th episode in October 2019, and continued to star on the show until the coronavirus pandemic halted filming.
Hana joined Stardom wrestling in 2019 (Picture: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
However, episodes resumed this month, with the last episode on 19 May showing Hana’s wrestling matches cancelled due to the pandemic.
Members of the wrestling community have been paying tribute to the star, with wrestler Sü Yüng writing: ‘I will always love and miss you, my friend. You are my little sister. The Swanns send our love and condolences to Hana Kimura, her family, and loved ones. I will never forget you. So much I want to say… my heart is broken.’
Jamie Hayter posted: ‘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. The gaijin helper. All the potential. A beautiful soul. Kind. I just can’t even put in to f***ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace.’
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) May 23, 2020
— EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling (@ProWrestlingEVE) May 23, 2020
It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media. It was an amazing honor to know Hana Kimura. She was an amazing girl with the kindest soul and immense passion and work ethic. Iâm at a loss of words over this tragedy. Rest In Peace my friend.
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) May 23, 2020
I will always love and miss you, my friend. You are my little sister. The Swanns send our love and condolences to Hana Kimura, her family, and loved ones. I will never forget you. So much I want to say… my heart is broken. pic.twitter.com/PB5pO20YIj
— SÃ¼ YÃ¼ng (@realsuyung) May 23, 2020
And Tessa Blanchard tweeted: ‘It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media. It was an amazing honor to know Hana Kimura. She was an amazing girl with the kindest soul and immense passion and work ethic. I’m at a loss of words over this tragedy. Rest In Peace my friend.’
Others claimed that Kimura had been ‘bullied to death’, with wrestler Joey Ryan tweeting: ‘I couldn’t imagine dealing with hate on social media at 22. I can barely handle it now. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves.’
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