Hana Kimura, a professional Japanese wrestler who stars in Netflix’s reality show Terrace House, has passed away at the young age of 22 years old.
Kimura’s organization in Stardom Wrestling confirmed the news and have already asked the fans to be respectful and to keep Kimura, her family, and her friends in their prayers. The cause of death is yet to be known.
Before she passed, Kimura posted on social media about what was happening as she’s been a victim of cyber-bullying and critics.
Recently, she posted on her Instagram story a picture of her with her cat alongside a caption that read “goodbye”.
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
On Friday, concerns were starting to boil as Kimura posted troubling self-harm images on Twitter with captions that read: “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.”
Kimura, being a professional wrestler and a star in the streaming platform, is said to receive a handful of criticisms and tweets every day.
The death of Hana Kimura is an absolute tragedy. I hope this serves as a reminder that interactions on social media can have a serious effect on the mental health of anyone, no matter who they are. Be kind. RIP.
— Adam Pacitti (@adampacitti) May 23, 2020
“It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media,” said Impact World Champion Tessa Blanchard.
“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 hope this serves as a reminder that interactions on social media can have a serious effect on the mental health of anyone, no matter who they are,” wrote wrestling journalist Adam Pacitti.
Among those also paying tributes to the star online was British professional wrestler Jamie Hayter, who wrote: “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.”
US wrestler Su Yung said: “I will always love and miss you, my friend. You are my little sister.”
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
— Sü Yüng (@realsuyung) May 23, 2020