Wrestling star Hana Kimura dies aged 22

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    Wrestler Hana Kimura posted disturbing messages on social media shortly before she died aged just 22, sparking a flood of tributes.

    Wrestling star Hana Kimura posted haunting messages on social media before she died aged just 22.

    The Stardom ace was regarded as one of the up-and-coming professionals in the wrestling world and tipped for big things, The Sun reports.

    Stardom said in a statement on Twitter: “Stardom fans, 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.

    It is not known how Kimura died, but fears about her welfare were rife after a series of social media posts. The BBC reported shortly before her death, Kimura posted on social media suggesting she had been cyber-bullied.

    Kimura also allegedly posted images on Twitter of self-harm with the caption: “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.”

    On Instagram, in a post with her cat, Kimura reportedly wrote: “I love you, have a long, happy life. I’m sorry.”

    Kimura was also known for her appearances in hit Netflix reality TV show Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020.

    Stardom is a Japanese wrestling promotion for females only, with their best athletes going on to compete in the WWE and AEW.

    Other wrestlers around the world paid tribute to Kimura after news of her death was announced.

    WWE star Natalya said: “I just heard this news and I’m truly saddened by it. Heartbreaking. Prayers for #HanaKimura and her family.”

    Wrestler Tessa Blanchard tweeted: “It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media. It was an amazing honour 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.”

    “I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura. 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.”

    She had competed in sold out Madison Square Garden (New York) and Tokyo Dome events, and appeared for the Ring of Honour promotion.

    Kimura’s death comes in the same tragic week that former WWE star Shad Gaspard died at the age of just 39.

    He passed away a hero while helping to save his son from drowning after being caught in a strong current at sea.

    His body was found by the US Coast Guard near Venice Beach, California, as tributes poured in from around the world for the much-loved wrestler.

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    Source: https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/wrestling-star-hana-kimura-dies-aged-22/news-story/cdf9e71a26d8056c034b5da67e69d5fb

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    World news – GB – Wrestling star Hana Kimura dies aged 22

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