As we tragically had to report over the weekend, Stardom’s Hana Kimura passed away at the young age of 22. Stardom originally reported this on their Twitter account and asked for privacy at that time. They have since released the following statement:
“In regards to the passing of Hana Kimura,
We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for your concern and sorrow due to the sudden passing of Stardom’s Hana Kimura on May 23. According to the police report, there is no case of foul play.
Regarding more details on the cause of death, we will refrain from publishing anything, according to the wishes of the bereaving family. We do not plan to announce the details here in any press conference or news releases. We kindly ask for your continued support.
In addition, please refrain from trying to interview the family and athletes belonging to Stardom in consideration of the current situation. Moreover, please refrain from visiting the bereaving family, athletes’ homes, offices, the dojo, etc.
Regarding the funeral of Hana Kimura, we will not be announcing the date and time nor the place according to the wishes of the bereaving family. We would appreciate the consideration of the media and fans.
The bereaving family expresses their deep gratitude to the fans who supported Hana Kimura, and although the date and time of the event is currently undecided due to the Coronavirus situation, a memorial service for Hana Kimura will be held.
We are taking everything into consideration, and deciding on plans for videos and photos that can be shared with her fans. Details will be announced as soon as they are decided. We are very sorrowful on Hana’s passing, and only wish for her to rest in eternal peace.
CNN also announced today that Japan is looking into cyberbullying laws as a result of Kimura’s passing. They touched on the topic as a result of Kimura’s appearance on the reality show “Terrace House” which is said to be where the social media bullying stemmed from. The article stated the following about steps that are being looked into:
“Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication, Sanae Takaichi, pledged on Tuesday to speed up government discussions around cyberbullying legislation. Takaichi would head a government panel to discuss whether internet users could be identified if their posts included “slander and defamation,” she said.“Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also expressed his condolences for Kimura’s death on Monday, saying, ‘It is important to improve literacy on the internet so that users won’t use comments to hurt others with slander.'” – full credit to CNN.
Diva Dirt continues to send our condolences to the family, friends, and entire wrestling community in regards to the passing of Hana Kimura.