The K-pop industry may not be as dazzling as it looks on television. Even before K-pop grew prominent, its notorious restrictions were very well. Crash diets, rigorous exercise, round-the-clock devotion, caustic (sasaeng) fans, certain exceptions to the norm, cyberbullying, as well as other features of the K-pop idol culture, are part of the deal.
The road to fame is not easy, but some stars have succeeded with the support of family and friends. Clinging on, on the other hand, is not always easy.
Aside first from the glitz and glam of K-pop, and here’s a listing of 5 K-pop idols that died tragically. Others have been struck with the tragedy of catastrophic accidents, though some disintegrated first from tremendous pessimism.
1) SHINee’s Jonghyun
SHINee, a popular five-member group from the second generation, received sad news in 2017. Jonghyun, the group’s lead vocalist, committed suicide at his Seoul residence on December 18, 2017. According to the group’s agency, SM Entertainment, and sometimes even his family, he suffered from chronic depression.
It also was found that Jonghyun penned a note to his good friend Jang Hee Yeon a few weeks before his suicide. Jonghyun described his depression as “eating him away” in his suicide note.
2) f(x)’s Sulli
Sulli, Choi Jin Ri’s stage name, suffered irreparable damage as a result of her celebrity. Even after stating that she was hurting both psychologically and physically as a result of harmful rumours, she was strongly chastised for being vocal about her beliefs and desire to leave the organization.
She was chastised primarily for not being the traditional female K-pop idol. She discussed psychological symptoms, personal relations, and publishing a “no bra” photo, among other topics. She was severely harassed online, and it had a significant impact on her.
On October 14, 2019, Sulli was discovered dead at her home. The effect of her death had been so great that perhaps the Korean government proposed the ‘Sulli Act’ as a measure to deal with it.
3) Goo Hara
Goo Hara, a member of both the K-pop group Kara, who discovered dead at their apartment on November 24, 2019, just a month after her good friend Sulli died. Her former blackmailed her to distribute their private films, and she’s the victim of a painful legal struggle and internet bullying in 2018.
In May of this year, Goo Hara tried to commit suicide by writing a ‘goodbye’ on her social media profiles. She was transported to a hospital and rescued just at moment. She really can not stand being bullied online all of the time, though.
Tany, also known as Kim Jin Soo, was a promising K-pop artist who died in a car crash when she was only 22 years old. The teenage singer was hailed for his song Forever Remembering, which pays tribute to the victims of the Sewol ferry catastrophe, South Korea’s worst maritime catastrophe.
The musician was travelling when the car collided with a structure and also was completely wrecked, according to his agency, HOM Company. On April 14, 2018, the singer passed away, leaving behind the song Always Remember.
5) Ladies’ Code’s EunB and RiSe
Ladies’ Code members Go Eun Bi and Kwon Ri Se were killed in a horrific traffic accident. When the members died in September 2014, they aged 21 and 23 years old, correspondingly.
As per a statement by the Independent, the band was travelling home following the show, and police assume the driver went above the posted speed due to the busyness. RiSe required emergent brain surgery when EunB died immediately after the crash. After 4 days, she died. What’s even more tragic is that the crash occurred upon Lee So Jung’s birthday.