Stardom promotion took to Twitter on Saturday to announce the tragic death of Japanese professional wrestler and reality TV personality Hana Kimura. She was 22.
Kimura starred in the Netflix reality series 'Terrace House,' where six strangers in Tokyo seek love while residing together.
No cause of death has been provided. However, according to the BBC, Kimura shared a number of posts on Instagram on Friday, suggesting she had been cyber-bullied. The most recent one, apparently, was a picture of her and her cat which she put up as a story on the photo-sharing platform with the caption, "Goodbye."
World Wonder Ring Stardom said in a statement, via ESPN:
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 displayed a remarkable performance at a sold-out show for New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring of Honor at Madison Square Garden in 2019. She was also one of the four women participating at the Wrestle Kingdom event at the Tokyo Dome earlier in the year.
Kimura's company decided to make Kimura one of the faces of their business following the coronavirus pandemic.
Several other performers of the wrestling industry come on social media on Saturday after hearing about Kimura's passing.
Ronda Rousey posted on Instagram, in part, while urging an end to online abuse. “To Hana Kimura and her family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. There are no words that could possibly heal this wound.”