Death of Katsuya Kitamura: Former MMA star, wrestler Katsuya Kitamura dies at the age of 36

Former New Japan Pro Wrestling fighter and bodybuilder Katsuya Kitamura has died at the age of 36. The cause of death, however, remains unknown. He was 36 years old. Officials said Kitamura felt ill on Tuesday and called an ambulance to take him to hospital. His condition deteriorated significantly after that, ultimately leading to his death.

Kitamura began his professional wrestling career in New Japan in 2017, with a record of winning three successive All Japan Championships in the 96kg Greco-Roman wrestling class. He was nicknamed “The Wrestling Monster” due to his large size and sturdy frame. He also won the “Young Lion Cup” in 2017, and many recognized his fighting prowess. But the victim of a concussion during the Ibaraki tournament in March 2018, he had to withdraw from the tournament. He also had to leave the team on January 31, 2019 due to an injury while training and eventually quit professional wrestling.

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As a youngster, Kitamura had an impressive career in amateur wrestling. But he tested positive for anabolic steroids and received a two-year ban, ruining any chance of representing his nation at the Olympics. Kitamura started bodybuilding and made his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in November 2021 after joining RIZIN. Kitamura also had a YouTube channel named “Bulk Academy Katsuya Kitamura”, where he made many videos about his bodybuilding and wrestling. After news of his death spread, his fans took to Twitter to pay their respects.


  1. Who is Katsuya Kitamura?
    Katsuya Kitamura was a Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and wrestler.
  2. How old was Katsuya Kitamura?
    He was only 36 when he died on Tuesday.

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