Hana Kimura, a professional Japanese wrestler who appeared in the Netflix reality show Terrace House, has passed away at the age of 22. Her death was confirmed by her organisation Stardom Wrestling, who said that details regarding her passing away are unknown and still being investigated.
Stardom fans,— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) May 23, 2020
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.
However, it has been reported that Kimura was a target of cyberbullying over her role in the show.
Concerns erupted over social media regarding Kimura’s death, with public figures and fans speaking up against online bullying and hateful messages. WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley said that ‘Online bullying should not be part of life.’
Hana Kimura was 22.— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) May 23, 2020
Please let that sink in...22. She had her whole life in front of her.
Online bullying should not be part of life.
It damn sure should not be part of death.
Hana Kimura was 22. #RIPHanaKimura pic.twitter.com/xKTBYzaoIt
Former WWE and UFC champion Ronda Rousey took to Twitter to write that there are no words that can “possibly heal this wound”.
To Hana Kimura and her family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. .. There are no words that could possibly heal this wound... Rest In Peace Hana Kimura... If anyone reading this is suffering, know there are… https://t.co/AvkdUG9QLN— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) May 23, 2020
Other wrestlers from the community have also expressed shock over her death.
I literally feel sick to my stomach...— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) May 23, 2020
People on social media need to understand that wrestlers are f’n people too.
As someone who constantly gets bullied online this one hit too close to home. People need to grow the f up.#RIPHanaKimura
Just woke up to this awful news. There are no words to appropriately describe just how tragic the passing of Hana Kimura is.— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) May 23, 2020
She was an extremely talented performer and by all accounts, a great person and a kind soul.
My thoughts go out to her friends and family.
I did not know Hana Kimura, as I am reading all the incredible things said about her, I can tell she left a great impact on this world. It’s incredibly tragic that a young woman had to be subjected to such horrific hate from people who didn’t even know her.— (@NiaJaxWWE) May 23, 2020
I didn’t personally know Hana Kimura, but it’s still very painful to learn about what happened.— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) May 24, 2020
When it comes to cyber bullying - don’t do it, don’t partake in it, and do not respond to it...Stand for something better.
My heart is with all of her fans, friends, and family. ❤️
"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.
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
Terrace House involved three men and three women temporarily living together at a shared house in Tokyo. The show was temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus.
Before Hana’s death, she had taken to social media to indicate that she wasn’t in a happy zone. She had recently posted a photo of herself and her cat, with a message saying “Goodbye.” Another posting carried a message “I love you, live long and happy. I’m sorry.”
(With inputs from AP)
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