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