Japanese wrestler and Netflix star, Hana Kimura dies at 22

Wrestling star Hana Kimura has died aged just 22.

The Stardom ace was regarded as one of the up-and-coming professionals in the wrestling world and tipped for the very top.

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.

“We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”

It is not known how she died, but fears about her welfare were rife after a series of social media posts, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet.

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 her after news of the 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.”

Session Moth Martina wrote: “Heartbroken.”

And Jamie Hayter added: “Distraught. I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb.

“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.”

Kimura was a second-generation star and daughter to wrestler Kyoko Kimura.

She had competed in sold out Madison Square Garden and Tokyo Dome events, and appeared for the Ring of Honor promotion.

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