Hana Kimura, Japanese Netflix star and wrestler, dead at 22

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    Stardom Wrestling has confirmed news that 22-year-old Japanese Netflix star and professional wrestler Hana Kimura has died.

    In a Twitter announcement posted overnight, the organisation called for fans to be “respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends”.

    While the cause of her death is unclear, BBC News says shortly before she died, the star issued a “series of troubling social media posts implying she had been cyber-bullied”.

    BBC News also said her most recent Instagram post last Friday featured a photo of her with her cat. The caption simply said “good-bye”.

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    In addition to her professional wrestling following, Kimura gained international attention starring in Terrace House, a Netflix reality show that followed six strangers living together in a house.

    The star received a lot of online criticism following an incident on the show where she was upset and slapped a housemate who washed her wrestling costume. The Los Angeles Times said the backlash has now spread to “outrage over her critics and the pain they apparently inflicted from the safety of their keyboards”.

    Kimura’s fans have taken to social media in their droves to express their sadness and disbelief over her death.

    One fan, who has attraced a large following with a fanpage for the star, wrote: “She had a unique warmth, energy and overflowing charisma. I never had the opportunity to meet her but every story I’ve ever heard has been that she left any fan she met with a positive, memorable experience. Hana had so much potential to be a superstar in wrestling.

    “I don’t know how many comments I’ve seen of people asking when she would go to WWE or AEW. I’m confident she would have been a success wherever she went but now we can only imagine the path her career might have taken.

    “All I can say is that, to the fans, Hana was a special talent and, to her friends, she was a special person. Wrestling and the world as a whole are both poorer for losing her. Rest in peace, Hana.”

    And, from another fan: “This is beyond heartbreaking. Bullying, in any shape or form, should stop.”

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    Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/entertainment-top-stories/121608182/hana-kimura-japanese-netflix-star-and-wrestler-dead-at-22

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