22-year-old Stardom Wrestling star Hana Kimura passed away yesterday after an apparent suicide.
Kimura posted what looks like to be a suicide note on her social media, raising eyebrows that something was going to happen. Her message, along with photos of self-harm, read, “Nearly 100 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 alive anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you everyone. I love you. Bye.”
Kimura was also a star on the Japanese reality show Terrace House and was involved in an altercation with a male cast mate earlier this year where her outfit she wore at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 was ruined when the other person mistakenly put her gear in the dryer. Kimura reacted by knocking his hat off his head. That incident was the starting point of her downfall and Kimura was bullied online to no end.
Stardom, the promotion that Kimura wrestled for, posted on Twitter, “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.”
Stardom’s parent company New Japan Pro Wrestling also posted a statement saying, “New Japan Pro Wrestling is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Hana Kimura. She was a wonderful and gentle soul. Our most heartfelt and deepest condolences go to her family, friends and fans at this time.”
All Elite Wrestling also paid tribute to Kimura on social media, writing, “AEW and the wrestling community mourn the passing of Hana Kimura. May she Rest In Peace, and our thoughts are with her family, her friends, and her fans.”