|Hashimoto has been gone ten years, and his loss is still felt today|
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Hashimoto's kayfabe accomplishments are numerous as they tend to be for legendary wrestlers. He captured three IWGP Heavyweight Championships, the 1998 G1 Climax tournament title, and he was the second person to capture the IWGP, AJPW Triple Crown, and NWA World Heavyweight Championships after his fellow Musketeer Mutoh. But the measure of a wrestler isn't so much in the things wrestling companies lay at a wrestler's feet, but at how memorable a performer they are. Hashimoto's legacy as one of the all-time beloved greats was magnified by his sudden death.
Premature wrestling deaths can be collated into two categories: tragic and "can see it coming a mile away." Hashimoto's is in the former, as he was claimed by a brain aneurysm eight days after his 40th birthday. Unless the victim gets quick medical care, death is a foregone conclusion. Still, 40 is too soon to die, and 13 is far too young an age for a boy to lose his father. But it was his father's death that pushed Daichi Hashimoto into the wrestling business. Judging by his run so far, his father certainly would be proud of him.