An apparent suicide note written by Hana Kimura, the 22-year-old professional wrestler and Terrace House cast member, has been discovered in her Tokyo Home, where she was found dead early Saturday.
On Monday (May 25), The Japan News reported that the note was uncovered in the living room of Kimura's condominium in Koto Ward, Tokyo. She was found to be in cardiac or respiratory arrest on a bed at about 3.30am Saturday. She was then transported to a hospital and pronounced dead there.
When the paramedics arrived at her home, the entrance door was said to be locked and a written notice saying “Toxic gas is forming” was put on the door. A container of a chemical agent was found beside the bed.
The suicide note reportedly included a phrase to her mother: “I’m sorry. Thank you for giving birth to me.”
The Metropolitan Police Department investigators suspect that Kimura herself might have mixed the chemical agents to create a poison gas. They are treating her death as a suicide.
Kimura’s last few posts suggested that she had been victimised by cyberbullies who blasted her over appearances on Terrace House.
She joined the current season of Terrace House — subtitled Tokyo 2019-2020 — in the 20th episode ‘The Third Flower’. She had been trolled after Episode 38's 'The Case of the Costume Incident', streamed in late March. (In Singapre, 36 eps had aired. A Netflix rep tells 8days.sg that the remaining episodes have been "postponed indefinitely.")
In that episode, Kimura was seen losing her cool at a male cast member who had accidentally shrunk her expensive wrestling costume after mixing it with his clothes in the washing machine. After that episode, Kimura started receiving hate tweets, including some saying, “Everybody will be happy if you are gone quickly,” and “Never appear on TV again.”
Kimura’s death sparked a public outcry against cyberbullying, with lawmakers seeking to propose new laws to deal with the issue.
As per Japan Times, Hiroshi Moriyama, the Diet affairs chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said, “It is important for the legislature to play a role to make a society without such incidents.” Jun Azumi, of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, added, “We will aim to reach a consensus on a certain direction [of the rules] by the fall.”
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