Stardom wrestler and castmember of the Netflix reality series Terrace House Hana Kimura has passed away at the age of 22. The Japanese wrestling promotion Stardom, which is a sister promotion to All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling, announced Kimura's death late on May 22nd, following cryptic social media posts and intense cyber bullying on social media. Kimura was subjected to intense scrutiny on social media stemming from her appearance on Terrace House, which has resulted in the Netflix series being delayed after news of her death.
"Stardom fans, we are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away," We Are Stardom said in a tweet. "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."
See the tweet from We Are Stardom below.
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 (@we_are_stardom) May 23, 2020
Kimura has since received tributes from other wrestling stars across the world, including former WWE champions like Paige and Rhonda Rousey.
Kimura was the daughter of Kyoko Kimura, another pro wrestler, and made her debut at Wrestle-1 in 2016. She won her first title later in that same year at the JWP Junior Championship. She wrestled for Stardom simultaneously and officially left Wrestle-1 to wrestle full time at Stardom in 2019, emerging as the leader of thee Tokyo Cyber Squad faction. She was awarded Artist of Stardom championship twice, in addition to a Goddess of Stardom championship.2comments
As more details surrounding the passing of Kimura emerge, ComicBook.com will have the updates.
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