Hana Kimura dead at 22: Emotional tributes paid to Stardom wrestling and Netflix star tipped for very top – The Sun

WRESTLING star Hana Kimura has died at the tender age of 22.

The Stardom ace was regarded as one of the up-and-coming professionals in the 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 wrestler Kyoko Kimura.

In comes in the same tragic week that former WWE star Shad Gaspard died at the age of just 39.

He passed away a hero while helping to save his son from drowning while being caught in a strong current at sea.

His body was found by the US Coast Guard near Venice Beach, California, as tributes poured in from around the world for the much-loved wrestler.

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Economy could take 22% hit from virus shutdown: OECD

A widespread shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic could deliver a 22 per cent blow to the Australian economy with confirmation shoppers have deserted the nation's main shopping centres.

Research by the Paris-based OECD shows all of its member nations will suffer devastating blows to their economies as key sectors are shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A near-empty Chadstone shopping centre. The Australian economy will take a 22% hit from measures to combat the coronavirus with retail one of the most affected.Credit:Joe Armao

Australia has effectively closed major sections of the economy through restrictions on non-essential outlets and social-distancing measures. It has also barred international travel and forced the real estate sector to hold online auctions.

In the past week, publicly listed companies have stood down at least 150,000 people and hundreds of thousands more have lost work in small and medium-sized firms.

The OECD found in the case of Australia, economic activity would be sliced by 22 per cent once a widespread shutdown was put in place.

The worst-hit nations would be Greece (a 35 per cent hit), Mexico (30 per cent) and Germany (29 per cent) while the least-affected would be Ireland (15 per cent).



The report's authors noted economies heavily dependent on mining or agriculture suffered the smallest impacts but even at 15 per cent, they were quite significant.

"In all economies, the majority of this impact comes from the hit to output in retail and wholesale trade, and in professional and real estate services," it found.

"There will also be some variation in the timing of the initial impact on output across economies, reflecting differences in the timing and degree of containment measures. In China, the peak adverse impact on output is already past, with some shutdown measures now being eased."

The OECD said the shutdowns would have an even bigger impact on consumer spending, finding this could drop by a third in most countries.

For each month a shutdown is in place, a country's GDP would be cut by 2 percentage points.

Australia's retail sector is continuing to bear the brunt of the closures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Data released by the ANZ on Monday shows foot traffic across the Melbourne central business district after March 23 is 73 per cent down on last year's daily average.

This was down on the 38 per cent fall in foot traffic reported the previous week.

Last weekend, traffic was 82 per cent down.

Car usage is also falling, with peak-hour traffic about 24 per cent lower than for the full 2019 average in each capital city.

Weekend traffic has also edged down but not by as much.

ANZ head of Australian economics David Plank said foot and road traffic was likely to bottom out in the coming fortnight before the advent of any more restrictions on movement.

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