Stardom Wrestler Hana Kimura Passes Away

She was only 22...

Hana Kimura, a multiple-time title holder with Japan's Stardom promotion, has passed away at the age of 22.

The company confirmed her passing on Twitter, writing, "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. We appreciate your support during this difficult time."

Hours before her passing, Kimura tweeted out images that appeared to depict self-harm. Her tweets also seemed to indicate that she had been the victim of online harassment.

The daughter of former wrestler Kyoko Kimura, Hana began her career officially in March 2016, though she did participate in a couple of DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight title changes as a child in 2005.

Kimura began her career with Wrestle-1, the promotion that trained her. She began wrestling with Stardom the same year, twice winning the Artist of Stardom championship (one of the reigns included her mother as a partner), and also held the Goddess of Stardom championship with Kagetsu.

Kimura also held JWP's Princess of Pro Wrestling title, and the promotion's Junior Heavyweight belt.

Earlier in 2020, Kimura teamed with Giulia in a loss to Arisa Hoshiki and Mayu Iwatani in a dark match at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in the Tokyo Dome. Her last match occurred on March 24, going to a draw with Iwatani in Stardom's 2020 Cinderella tournament.

Kimura joined the Netflix reality series Terrace House in 2019, and was still a contestant at the time of her passing.

Cultaholic extends its condolences to Kimura's family and friends.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.