Hana Kimura, a Japanese professional wrestler who appeared in the latest Netflix Terrace House reality show series, has died at the age of 22.
Stardom Wrestling, Kimura’s organization, confirmed the news and asked fans to respect it.
The cause of his death was not immediately clear.
Shortly before he died, he issued a series of social media posts implying that he had been intimidated by cyber.
The latest update to her Instagram story on Friday featured a photo of herself with her cat, with the words “goodbye” written on it.
As the winner of the 2019 Stardom’s Fighting Spirit Award, Kimura was one of the casts of the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, before being suspended for coronavirus. The program follows three men and three women as they live together in a temporary home.
His mother is also a famous wrestler, Kyoko Kimura.
Confirming his death on Twitter on Saturday, Stardom said: “Please respect and give time for things to be processed, and save your thoughts and prayers with family and friends.”
Concerns surfaced on Friday after Kimura reportedly posted a self-injuring picture on Twitter along with a message that read: “I don’t want to be human anymore. That is the life I want to be loved. Thank you everyone, I like you. See you soon.”
Kimura is said to have been the target of hundreds of tweets on average from fans and critics every day. On the news of his death, fans and industry leaders spoke out against cyber-bullying and its impact on mental health.
“It really breaks my heart how cruel people are on social media,” said World Impact Champion Tessa Blanchard.
“It is an extraordinary honor to know Hana Kimura. She is an extraordinary girl with the most kindhearted soul and great passion and work ethic.”
“I hope this serves as a reminder that interactions on social media can have a serious effect on anyone’s mental health, no matter who they are,” wrestling journalist Adam Pacitti writes.
Among those who paid tribute to the star was British professional wrestler Jamie Hayter, who wrote: “Confused. I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb. I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura. What an amazing human being.”
US wrestler Su Yung said, “I will always love you, miss you, my friend. You are my younger sister.”
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