K-pop singer Goo Hara showed a handwritten & # 39; pessimistic & # 39; note, the police reveal
K-pop singer Goo Hara (photo) showed a & # 39; pessimistic & # 39; note behind, the police have revealed
K-pop singer Goo Hara released a & # 39; pessimistic & # 39; note behind, the police revealed, the day after the former member of the South Korean girl group Kara was found dead.
Lee Yong-pyo, Commissioner of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, said today: & # 39; A handwritten note that was pessimistic about her life was found on a coffee table. & # 39;
Fans mourning the 28-year-old's death flocked to her funeral home, while her colleagues canceled their schedules and expressed their condolences.
Student Kim Nam-gun, 20, who was one of about two dozen fans who had gathered at the funeral home, said: & It is so sad that she had to deal with cruel at a young age , inhumane comments just because they are a celebrity. & # 39;
Goo posted a final & # 39; good night & # 39; message on Instagram before she was found dead at home after launching an anti-cyberbullying campaign after her suicide attempt earlier this year.
She was discovered in the prosperous Cheongdam-dong area of Seoul, South Korea, around 6 p.m. local time on Sunday and the Gangnam police said investigations are ongoing.
Lee Yong-pyo, Commissioner of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, said: & # 39; A handwritten note that was pessimistic about her life was found on a coffee table. & # 39; Pictured: Goo used to be part of the Kara girl group
Fans grieving Goo & # 39; s death today flowed to her funeral home (photo), while her colleague & # 39; s canceled their schedule & # 39; s and condolences
Hara had organized a comeback tour for her new solo single from 14 to 19 November after a suicide attempt at her apartment in the South Korean capital in May.
The singer and actress, formerly from the Kara girl group, had spoken out against cyberbullying in the days after she was admitted to the hospital and argued with fans for more positive responses to social media.
She was not the first K Pop megastar to feel the intense pressure of the spotlight in the controversial industry.
Last month, Sulli, 25, another former girl band member and close friend of Hara & # 39; s, was found dead in her apartment after fighting & # 39; major depression & # 39 ;.
Goo Hara, 28, posted this & # 39; Goodnight & # 39; message on Instagram yesterday before she was found dead in the prosperous Cheongdam-dong area of Seoul, South Korea, around 6:00 PM local time on Sunday
Hara attends the third Edaily Culture Awards at the Haeorum Theater on February 19, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea (left) and attends the Mackage 2017 FW Collection photo call on October 26, 2017 (right)
There was an outburst of grief among fans yesterday after news of Hara's death: & # 39; Sleep well, angel & # 39 ;, someone said on the star's last Instagram post
Fans expressed their grief over Hara & # 39; s latest Instagram post after hearing her die on Sunday
Hara caused a frenzy among her fans when she appeared on her Instagram & # 39; Goodbye & # 39; wrote.
She was no longer answered by the police in her apartment in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul on May 30 and was taken to the hospital.
& # 39; I am sorry to have caused concern and commotion, & # 39; said Hara Sankei Sports days after her suicide attempt: & # 39; Regarding health, I'm recovering … I was in pain over some overlapping issues. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; But from now on, I will steal my heart and try to appear healthy. & # 39;
Since September last year, the singer and actress made the headlines in a public row with her ex-boyfriend Choi Jong-Bum, who accused her of blackmailing her with sex tapes the couple had made.
She was also interrogated by the police after she allegedly attacked Choi.
The Korean audience was largely sympathetic to Hara and her tumultuous breakup with Choi received support from the #MeToo movement for sexual equality.
Goo Hara was discovered around 6 pm local time in her home in the prosperous Cheongdam dong, local media reported and Gangnam police said they were still investigating (photo: in Galleria Department Store on March 24, 2017 in Seoul, left, and at the 3rd Edaily Culture Awards at Haeorum Theater on February 19, 2016, right)
From left to right: Youngji, Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara from the South Korean girl group KARA
On October 14, Hara & # 39; s colleague K Pop star Sulli was found dead in her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she caused controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram.
Sulli had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the & # 39; no-bra & # 39; scandal after repeatedly showing her nipples on social media.
It is reported that the pop singer subsequently suspended her music career because of the abuse she had received in conservative South Korea.
Sulli was found by her manager at her home and the police said when they were working, assuming she might have taken her own life.
Shortly after Sulli's death, Hara had posted a tearful message on her Instagram in which she mourned the death of her friend.
K-pop stars such as Hara and Sulli are picked up by agencies at a young age – usually in their early or mid-teens – and their lives are then taken over by debilitating singing and dance training.
On October 14, Hara & # 39; s colleague K Pop star Sulli was found dead in her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she caused controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram
Sulli, 25, had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the & # 39; no-bra & # 39; scandal after repeatedly showing her nipples on social media
Taboos about mental illness keep many South Koreans from seeking help.
Sulli & # 39; s death is an echo from that of fellow K-pop star Jonghyun, who took his life in 2017 after fighting with depression.
In December 2017, Kim Jong-Hyun of boy band Shinee committed suicide after a depression.
In a final heartbreaking message, the 27-year-old wrote: & I was broken from the inside … The depression that has slowly eaten away at me has finally consumed me, and I couldn't beat it. & # 39;
His death caused sorrow to millions of fans around the world and focused on the Korean pop music industry.
Goo Hara at a signature session to celebrate her essay & # 39; Nail Hara & # 39; on COEX on July 3, 2015
Many K-pop stars are under enormous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called & # 39; fandoms & # 39; – Groups of well-organized admirers who spend huge amounts of time and money to help their favorite stars climb the charts and attack their perceived rivals.
In return, the stars are expected to enter cautiously in an industry where today's most avid fans can be the most cruel critics of tomorrow if their idols do not meet their expectations – or they & # 39; betray & & # 39 ;.
Drug use or drink-driving are seen as career breakers, while behavior that causes a & # 39; turmoil & # 39; caused – everything from a social media blunder to not being constantly smiling at public performances – could be criticized for years.
Many are constantly being followed by paparazzi and camera-touting fans who share every detail and image of the stars' daily lives online for public research.
Hara lives the & # 39; Mackage & # 39; 2017 FW Collection photo call at Seoul in 2017 (left) and at the 3rd Edaily Culture Awards at Haeorum theater in the South Korean capital in 2017 (right)
& # 39; This & # 39; idols & # 39; live virtually in a fish bowl and are forced to put on a smiley, happy face while behaving well 24/7, & # 39; said cultural commentator Kim Seong-Soo, adding that they could & # 39; be emotionally paralyzed & # 39 ;.
Such challenges are common among celebrities around the world, he told AFP, but they are reinforced in the hyper-wired South, which has some of & # 39; the world's fastest internet speeds and the highest smartphone usage, and a society where compliance is high is.
Taboos about mental illness keep many from seeking medical help, including public figures, he added.
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