While K-pop appears to be all shimmering for fans and outsiders, it is also witnessing some of the entertainment world’s darkest secrets. Over the years, many K-pop idols have committed suicide.
New Delhi: What shines isn’t gold: The lives of K-pop idols aren’t quite as vibrant as their music videos. Korean-popular culture has taken the world off its feet, emerging as a huge cultural force around the world. Not only this, not only Koreans, foreigners are also dreaming of K-pop stardom. While K-pop appears to be all shimmering for fans and outsiders, it is also witnessing some of the entertainment world’s darkest secrets. Over the years, severe depression, mysterious deaths and suicide have emerged as part and parcel of the K-pop world.
Tragic death of K-pop idols
In perhaps one of the most shocking events in K-pop history, Shinny’s lead singer, Jonghyun, died by suicide in a Seoul apartment. As stated by the group’s agency, SM Entertainment and even his family, Murthy was suffering from severe depression.
Choi Jin Ri, who went by her stage name Sulli, was a victim of cyberbullying. The bright singer was often criticized for expressing her opinion on issues related to national interests. She was tortured mentally and physically for her decision to leave the group. Online trolling took a toll on her and she was found dead at her home on October 14, 2019.
Sulli and Goo Hara were best friends. Just a month after Sulli’s death, Gu Hara allegedly hanged himself. She was found dead in her house on 24 November.
Singer Woo Hye-Mee, 31, who goes by the stage name Miwu, was found dead in her apartment, according to her agency Downtown ENM. While the cause of her death was not revealed, k-netizens had reported that Murthy had shared a disappointing post on SNS.
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Aspiring K-pop idol and reality-show contestant Ahn So Jin died on February 24, 2015. The singer was found unconscious near the garden of her apartment in South Korea’s Daedeok district – she was reportedly killed by jumping off the 10th floor.
First published:September 28, 2021, 4:47 pm