Hana Kimura Passes Away

It is with sadness that I report that Hana Kimura has passed away. Official details regarding the cause of death have not been made available, but there have been reports that she had been battling depression and self harming herself prior to her death.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer had this to say about Hana and what she had been going through in the latest WON:

There was a major scare earlier today involving Hana Kimura, one of the top stars of Stardom. She evidently had a severe bout with depression. She is part of the cast of a reality show in Japan that is also popular on Netflix. She lost her temper at one of the male roommates on the show for not taking her ring outfit out of the wash before starting his own wash and her ring costume got ruined and she lost her temper and slapped him. It resulted in her become a big villain to people viewing the show and led to her depression where she posted graphic photos of her self harming and there was an implied suicide threat.

In the incident filmed in early January, one of the housemates named Kai had washed his clothes, and unbeknownst to him, Hana’s wrestling gear was in the washer. He washed it again with his stuff and threw it in the dryer. Then it shrunk and she couldn’t wear it anymore. She was angry and said it was the costume she wore in the Tokyo Dome, and it had many memories, and that her ring gear was her life. Without it she can’t work. This was all on the show.

She confronted the guy and slapped him upside the head to knock his hat off, because he didn’t seem apologetic. Since that episode, Terrace House fans worldwide were sending her nasty messages and telling her to die, etc. “If your costume is your life, why did you leave it in the washing machine” and stuff like that, telling her to leave the show and die.

 

You can view the announcement from Stardom in the tweet below.

 

Hana Kimura won the Artist of Stardom Championship one-time with Kyoko Kimura and Kagetsu. She also won Goddess of Stardom Championship one-time with Kagetsu as well. She also won the JWP Junior Championship and the Princess of Pro-Wrestling one time in JWP Joshi Puroresu. On January 4, 2020, Kimura, along with Giulia, Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki made an appearance at New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 event at the Tokyo Dome in a dark tag team match where they lost to Iwatani and Hoshiki. This marked the first-time women had ever competed at Wrestle Kingdom. 

 

S.A.M.’s Spiel: This is just tragic news on every conceivable level. If this was due to suicide, I just am appalled that people drove her to that state of mind in which that was all she could think about. I have known two people in my life that have committed suicide and this news hits me a bit different. Everybody here at Wrestle Royalty extend our thoughts to Kimura’s family and friends during this difficult time. 

If you are feeling suicidal, please ask for help.  In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.