It has been brought to my attention that Koichiro Kimura has passed away.
Kimura was born November 18, 1969 and was from Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan. He made his debut on July 18, 1990 in FMW.
Kimura competed both in MMA as well as pro-wrestling. Notably competing as himself in FMW, W★ING, RINGS, WJ, King’s Road, BattlArts, Fu-ten, and even had a hand in the early days of DDT Pro-Wrestling in the late 90’s and after. He appears to have last competed two times in WNC back in 2013.
Kimura was highly active in the women’s side of mixed martial arts with Smack Girls, AX, and Shooto as the overseer of “G-SHOOTO”.
Kimura as of his passing was only 44 years old and it always sad to hear of someone, who was connected to the sport of pro-wrestling, passing away fairly early in their life. I hope Kimura-san will find rest, and thank you for competing for us the fans.
A few notable wrestlers have also acknowledged Kimura’s passing.