New Japan Pro Wrestling announced on their official website that Osamu Kido passed away on December 11th at the age of 73.

Kido made his debut for the JWA promotion in February 1969 and was part of the inaugural NJPW event in March 1972.

Kido, upon his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1985, teamed with Akira Maeda and captured the IWGP Tag Team Championships in August 1986.

On behalf of Wrestling-News.Net, we would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Osamu Kido.