Hana Kimura, one of World Wonder Ring Stardom‘s star performers, has died, taking her own life at age 22. The news was confirmed by Stardom through Twitter today with the message, “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 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 drew concern at about three a.m. Japan Standard Time with a series of social media posts that expressed extreme emotional distress, some with graphic pictures of self-harm. One of the posts, which have since been deleted, mentioned that she was getting a lot of online harassment on a daily basis. Another said “I don’t want to be a human anymore.” The last two said, “Thank you, everyone. I love you.” and “Bye-bye.”
Those connected to Kimura said that her friends and people from Stardom were “en route to her.” At about one p.m. JST, Stardom shared that she had passed away.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) December 24, 2019
Hana Kimura was the daughter of wrestler Kyoko Kimura, and began her own in-ring career in 2016 in Wrestle-1. She started performing for Stardom later that year and officially joined the promotion in March 2019. She was one of the promotion’s rising stars, having held the Artist of Stardom Championship twice, the Goddess of Stardom Championship once, winning the 5 Star Grand Prix tournament in 2019, and becoming the leader of her own faction, Tokyo Cyber Squad, last year. She also worked internationally for promotions including Pro Wrestling EVE and Ring of Honor, and wrestled in a dark match with other Stardom wrestlers at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 earlier this year.
In the autumn of 2019, Kimura joined the cast of the reality show Terrace House and living with the five other castmembers in a house in Tokyo. The online comments she mentioned in her tweets were likely a reference to online comments and harassment that increased during her time on the show, especially as she began to have more arguments with one of her housemates. More details on Kimura’s time in Terrace House can be found here.
If you or someone you know struggles with thoughts of suicide, help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. More resources can be found through the International Association for Suicide Prevention here.