Young and talented Stardom pro wrestler, Hana Kimura was reported dead at the age of 22 hours ago sending shock waves across the wrestling community in what has been described as a tragic and sad ending.
According to reports, the Stardom wrestler had faced a great deal of cyber bullying which had affected her very deeply at an emotional and psychological level.
Before her passing, Kimura’s life appeared to be in danger as she had sent out a series of tweets that were graphic and troubling in nature that showed her wrist’s slashed, suggesting tendencies of self-harm. Apart from that, Kimura had also been subjected to hundreds of mean tweets from fans and critics on a daily basis.
Hours before her death, Kimura posted what appeared as an apparent suicide note on Twitter that read:
“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 Kimura was a young budding star that will surely be missed
Kimura’s death was confirmed by Stardom Wrestling hours later with a statement that read:
“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.”
Starting out as a wrestler at a young age, Hana Kimura made her debut in 2016 when wrestling against Reika Saiki in Wrestle-1 where she lost after putting on an amazing performance. She also won the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship one time on August 21, 2005 at a live event in Tokyo, then lost the title to her mother Kyoko, who is a former wrestler too.
As an upcoming star in the wrestling world, Hana Kimura was the winner of Stardom’s 2019 Fighting Spirit Award, and was ranked just outside the Top 50 in 2018’s PWI Female 100.
Kimura also starred on a Netflix show called Terrace House, which showed the relationships between three men and three women after they move in together. It has aired on Netflix since 2015 and is in its fifth season.
The wrestler’s death sheds a light on the devastating effects of cyber bullying, and why it needs to become a serious discussion about what controls are to be put in place to protect those faced with bullies and toxic users on social media.
The wrestling fan base has been known to be toxic and full of cyber bullying, which can be seen during the Wednesday Night Wars on Twitter between WWE vs. AEW brand loyalists. The level of toxicity alone was enough to force The Young Bucks off Twitter.
A cause of death hasn’t been made clear yet about the second-generation star whose is at the same time the daughter of journey-woman wrestler Kyoko Kimura. Fans and wrestlers worldwide have posted tributes eulogizing the popular star.
May her soul rest in peace.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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