Hana Kimura, a cast member of the current season of Terrace House and professional wrestler, has died. She was 22.
News of Kimura’s death was confirmed by Japan's Stardom Wrestling early Saturday morning.
“Stardom fans, We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the statement read. “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.”
A cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Shortly before her death, Kimura posted several photographs on social media. In one photo with her cat she included a caption that said “goodbye,” according to the BBC.
“I love you, have a long, happy life. I’m sorry,” she wrote alongside her final Instagram post, shared on Friday, the Washington Post reported. According to the newspaper, she had also recently posted several troubling tweets, which have since been deleted.
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
Kimura’s death was mourned by many in the pro-wrestling community.
“I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb. I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura,” wrote U.K. wrestler Jamie Hayer, who has been competing in Japan since 2018. “Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential. A beautiful soul. Kind. I just can’t even put in to f—ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace.”
“I will always love and miss you, my friend. You are my little sister,” added Wrestler Sü Yüng. “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."
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 resources available to help. If you need someone to talk to on the phone call this number 1-800-273-8255 if you would prefer texting, Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. Cyber Bullying is a very real and growing threat to us all as a society. Succumbing isn’t weakness, it’s human. We have evolved to feel as if our lives depend on social acceptance because the majority of human history our survival has depended on our social groups and standing within them. I know the trolls that spend their days harassing others online are battling their own mental demons, but please find a way to release your venom in a way that won’t poison others. Even a straw’s weight can be the one to break a camel’s back. Just the tiniest push could be what sends someone over the edge. Be the kindness you wish you received instead of malice and neglect you’re trying to pay back. Don’t pass it on, protect the world from what you’ve had to endure instead of spreading it🙏🏼❤️
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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
Please be kind with your words online. Socially we don’t know anyone’s full stories, even our loved ones. We do not know what people are struggling with or are going through. I pray that one day cyber bullying truly can come to an end. That when days are bad you know that you can open up your phone, go to social media and get a smile you so desperately need. That we can be open books and not be afraid to be judged. #RIPHanaKimura I did not know you personally, and today I can tell you were such a beautiful light that had such a massive impact on so many. I wish so many of us could have protected you from such evil words that brought you down. Maybe today, in her honor, for the ones that love to spread hate and judge, try for one day to spread kindness. And see how different that even makes you feel. ❤️✨
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It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media. 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’m at a loss of words over this tragedy. Rest In Peace my friend.
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) May 23, 2020
Just woke up to this awful news. There are no words to appropriately describe just how tragic the passing of Hana Kimura is.
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.
— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) May 23, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hana Kimura.
Hana was a beautiful and talented star!
Words are powerful.
Please be kind.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Hana’s family during this time. 🙏🏼#RIPHanaKimura ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NvJrmxI35A
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 23, 2020
Kimura, the daughter of successful pro-wrestler Kyoko Kimura, won her first title in 2016, within months of making her debut. Since then she has won the Artist of Stardom championship twice as well as a Goddess of Stardom championship.
She joined the cast of Terrace House: Tokyo on episode 20 of the hit reality series. Episodes featuring Kimura have already started streaming on Netflix Japan. Like many television shows, production on Terrace House halted in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.