Katsuya Kitamura, a former New Japan Pro-Wrestler, bodybuilder, and MMA fighter, passed away tragically on Thursday, October 13, 2022. The former professional wrestler was just 36 years old at the time of his unfortunate death.
Keep reading this article to learn more about Katsuya Kitamura, how he died, his cause of death, and much more!
Who is Katsuya Kitamura?
Katsuya Kitamura was a well-known name in the Japanese professional wrestling and bodybuilding industries. The wrestler was once dubbed “The Wrestling Monster” due to his giant body structure.
Katsuya was born on December 14, 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. He completed his graduation from Senshu University, Tokyo. During his time at the university, he became a part of the university wrestling team, and this is where his journey as a professional wrestler began.
Kitamura’s career background
After becoming a part of the university team, Katsuya won the ALL Japan Wrestling Championship in the 120 kg category in 2006. He also went to the World Championships in the same year, where he got the opportunity to represent his country.
Katsuya Kitamura started his training as a professional in 2015 at NJPW (New Japan Pro-Wrestling), where he became the winner of the Young Lion Cup in 2017. He was a hot prospect in the world of NJPW following an amateur wrestling career.
Katsuya made his professional debut with the Japan-based wrestling promotion in 2017 against Tomoyuki Oka, after which he was regularly featured in lower-card positions on main NJPW cards. His most successful year was 2017, as he won the Young Lion Cup in NJPW and was also named the “Rookie of the Year” by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Katsuya’s wrestling career ended prematurely, as he made his exit from NJPW in January 2019.
Katsuya later moved to bodybuilding and made his mixed martial arts debut in 2021, in which he lost to Bobby Ologun via rear naked choke in round two. He also enjoyed some popularity as a YouTuber, through his channel “Bulk Academy Katsuya Kitamura”, and his last YouTube video was posted on October 9, 2022.
How Did Katsuya Kitamura Die?
According to the reports, the 36-year-old, Katsuya Kitamura, was feeling unwell and ill on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Due to this, he called an ambulance, but after calling the ambulance, his health condition started dropping drastically. The former NJPW star later died on the same day.
Katsuya Kitamura’s Cause Of Death
Katsuya Kitamura’s cause of death is not known yet as the results of his post mortem report are still awaited. Katsuya’s family and friends are also facing a really hard time due to this unfortunate loss, due to which no official confirmation about his cause of death has been made. The details of Katsuya’s funeral ceremony will also be updated soon by his family members.
Tributes pour in for Katsuya Kitamura
Since the unfortunate news of Katsuya Kitamura’s death started surfacing on the internet, netizens have started paying their tributes to the former NJPW Star.
Expressing his condolences to Katsuya Kitamura, a Twitter user named @hiyomoony wrote, “Few wrestlers over the last decade looked like an unquestionable Chosen One than Katsuya Kitamura did in his time in NJPW. He was an absolutely charismatic monster. The dude even had a full-blown YouTube channel devoted to bodybuilding and posted a video not even last week. RIP.”
Another user wrote, “RIP Katsuya Kitamura. I remember when I first saw him, unlike ANYONE else in NJPW, this dude looked fucking awesome. Sadly, he didn’t have a long run due to injuries, but I always thought he was cool.”
We also send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and admirers of the former NJPW wrestler. May God give all his family members the strength to get through this painful time. We also pray to God to give eternal peace to the soul of Katsuya Kitamura.
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