K-pop star found dead in her home


AP / Lee Jin-man

Victoria Loredan, News Editor

On October 14, 25-year-old South Korean singer Choi Jin-ri, known by her stage name Sulli, was found dead. She was found on the second floor of her house in Sujeong-gu, Seongnam, located south of the capital, Seoul.

The police believe that Jin-ri’s death was a suicide, but are still investigating the case.

The manager went to the apartment after failed attempts at reaching Choi. There were no signs of foul play or forced intrusion. A note was found at the scene, however, police have not analyzed it yet.

Sulli is a singer and a child actress. She made her singing debut with the girl group f(x) in 2009 with S.M. Entertainment. In 2015, Sulli left the group to focus on her own acting career; however, she returned to the music scene as a solo artist. Choi released her single “Goblin” in June 2019.

Choi was a part of the TV show, The Night of Hate Comments, which featured K-pop stars talking about negative comments they received.

K-pop or Korean pop music, has grown in popularity over the last few years. The stars — known as idols — spend years in training before they can even debut as a group and produce their first song. They hone their singing, dancing, and acting skills, while also learning other Asian languages.

These idols are put under immense pressure and sometimes unhealthy situations that have been linked to a mental health crisis in the community.

On December 27, 2017, K-pop megastar Kim Jonghyun committed suicide in Seoul. His last words in his letter were,

“Tell me I did well enough and that I went through a lot.
Even if you can’t smile while sending me off, don’t say it’s my fault.
You did well.
You really went through a lot.

If you, are anyone you know, is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 .