Female Stardom wrestler Hana Kimura is dead at age 22 of an apparent suicide. Trigger warnings for the rest of the article, as heavy topics are dealt with.
Kimura posted a series of concerning tweets and photos of her wrists with self-harm slashes on Twitter which have since been taken down. She later posted what is apparently her suicide note.
“Nearly 100 frank 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 a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you everyone, I love you. Bye,” Kimura said.
Stardom later confirmed the news of Kimura’s death and released a statement on the situation.
“Our company player Hana Kimura passed away today on May 23. We apologize for the sudden concern and sorrow for our fans and all concerned. Regarding the details, there are some parts that we have not yet grasped, and we will continue to cooperate with the investigation between the parties concerned. We deeply pray for Hana Kimura. We will inform you about the future in consultation with your relatives. We will also strive to care for the minds of other players. That’s all,” Stardom said.
Hana Kimura: A Talented Young Wrestler
Kimura was a budding young wrestler and leader of the Tokyo Cyber Squad faction. In 2018, she was number 60 in PWI Female 100. She was ranked above names like Candice LeRae, Rhea Ripley and Leva Bates. In 2019, she won the Stardom’s 2019 Fighting Spirit Award and ranked 61 in 2019 in PWI Female 100.
Kimura was also a two time Artist of Stardom champion, which is a trios tag title.
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Cyber-Bullying Became Overwhelming
In September of 2019, Kimura joined the Japanese reality show Terrace House. The reality show has men and women living together while working their day jobs and getting to know each other. After an incident with a fellow cast member, Kimura received a lot of hate online and cyberbullying.
This cyberbullying is believed to have caused a deep depression and ultimately led her to take her own life, based on her suicide note. Kimura’s death has led to a discussion on what is acceptable online behavior and how much toxicity there is on the internet.
Wrestling Lost Someone Who Could Have Changed It For The Better
I was not familiar with Kimura before hearing about her death, but to be ranked in the PWI Female 100 two years in a row at the age of 22 is a huge accomplishment. The world has lost a talented up-in-coming wrestler.
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To all of you who send hate to wrestlers today, please consider how hate and cyberbullying caused the death of a talented young woman who could have changed wrestling forever. Be nice, people. It really isn’t that hard.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or just need someone to talk to, please reach out to someone. For those in the US., you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are outside the US please look up your local information.
A live chat if you need someone to text with is Lifeline Chat. Take care of yourselves and each other, from all of us at The Illuminerdi.
Sources: Forbes, WrestleZone, Stardom