South Korean K-pop star and actress Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul on Sunday, November 24, 2019, National Sportslink reports.
Police told the Associated Press that an acquaintance of the South Korean singer found her dead and immediately reported it to the authorities and the police further stated that the cause of death has not yet been revealed, and an investigation is ongoing.
“We are here to deliver tragic and unfortunate news. Family members and friends of Goo Hara are deeply shocked and anxious at the moment. Therefore, we earnestly ask that media outlets and their related personnel, as well as the fans’ condolence calls, refrain from spreading rumors or speculative reports,” Hara’s agency said in a statement obtained by fan sites.
National Sportslink also gathered that the 28-year-old young actress was the former member of the K-Pop group Kara, which she joined in 2008 and she has also appeared on television and released music by herself.
Goo was hospitalized in May after what has been reported as an alleged suicide attempt. Last year, she was involved in a high-profile legal battle with an ex-boyfriend who she claimed had threatened her with revenge porn. The case was covered closely by the tabloid press and resulted in harsh public criticism directed at Goo online.
Goo was a former member of the enormously popular K-pop group Kara, one of the first such groups to break through to international audiences.
Goo joined Kara one year after it formed in 2007. She remained a member until the group disbanded in 2016.
Her death comes a little more than a month after the suspected death by suicide of 25-year-old K-pop star Sulli, who was a close friend of Goo.
On Saturday she posted a photo of herself on Instagram lying in bed with the caption “good night.”
Earlier this year, she said things on Instagram stories that caused her followers to grow concerned about her mental health. “After living all those years with suppression, I look fine on the outside, but it feels as if I am starting to break into pieces inside,” she once said.
Goo’s death has once more raised questions about the celebrity culture and workload that surrounds an industry that has become one of South Korea’s largest exports. Increasingly, issues like sexual harassment and misconduct as well as the pressure industry leaders and the public places on musicians have led to questions about the structure of the K-pop industry and has created a movement particularly among fans for reforms.
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