Tokyo Broadcasting System reports that Shin'ya Hashimoto has died at the age of 40. The official report from Tokyo Broadcasting System is that he died of a brain hemorrhage in Yokohama city hospital on Monday. The news is just breaking and people are in a flurry in Japan to try to find out more details. It's literally a headline story in every newspaper publication in Japan (Nikkan Sports, Yahoo/Sports Navigator, Yomiuri Sports, Sankei Sports, Daily Sports, etc.).
Nikkan Sports reports that Hashimoto's family lawyer will have an interview with the press later tonight. The news report states that Hashimoto's death was sudden. Hashimoto's birthday was July 3, 1965, in Gifu Prefecture (near Nagoya). His last wrestling match was on 8/31/04 in Morioka at Iwate Prefectural Gym, teaming up with Yoshiaki Fujiwara against Shinjiro Ohtani & Takao Omori.
Sankei Sports reports that one estimate about the collapse is that it took place at 8:55 AM and that a 119 (Japan code for calling an ambulance) took place. At 10:30 AM at the hospital he was dead.
Writer Tarzan Yamamoto talks about how he found out the news on Hashimoto's death. It's actually in a very similar manner to how I found out. Yamamoto said that once all the Japanese writers and reporters started spreading the word of Hashimoto's death, the main rumor was that Hashimoto was suffering from heart problems (arrythmia). Jimmy Suzuki shares his personal thoughts on Hashimoto's death by talking about some of the good personal encounters he had with the man. Sports Navigator (Yahoo) got comments from Yoshihiro Takayama about Hashimoto's death. Takayama was ironically giving a speech at a Tokyo university on top athletes/health and he indicated that he had been told of a rumor about Hashimoto's death before the speech. Takayama said that he had waited for Hashimoto's rehabilitation to work out so that the two could have a singles match. It was in August 2004 in which Takayama suffered a stroke after having a crowbar-style slugfest with Kensuke Sasaki in Osaka. Takayama made a warning about the health of pro-wrestlers and MMA fighters in the industry.
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