K-pop singer Moonbin was found dead in his apartment at the age of 25 in Seoul, South Korea on April 19, 2023.
The performer was known among fans of the K-pop genre as a member of the boy band Astro, formed by Fantagio Entertainment.
It is believed that he was found after he did not show up for rehearsals.
A boy named Moon Bin, he was part of the original line-up of Astro, debuting with five other singers in 2016.
As fans around the world pay tribute to the star, MailOnline takes a look at what happened to Moonbin and what is known about his tragic death.
Tragedy: K-pop singer Moonbin was found dead in his apartment at the age of 25 in Seoul, South Korea on April 19, 2023 (Pictured in January 2023)
Star: The performer was known among fans of the K-pop genre as a member of the boy band Astro, formed by Fantagio Entertainment.
When did Moonbin die?
Moonbin passed away tragically on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. He was found around 8:10 p.m. KST.
“On April 19, Astro member Moonbin suddenly left us and became a star in the sky,” said Astro’s subsidiary Fantagio Music, in a statement also shared on the band’s Instagram.
Although it cannot be compared to the grief of bereaved families who have lost their beloved sons and brothers, the Astro members who have been with us for so long, as well as our fellow artists and Fantagio executives, deeply mourn the deceased in great grief and shock.
“It is very heartbreaking to pass on the sudden news to the fans who supported Moonbin and sent him generous love.
Heartbreaking: “On April 19, Astro member Moonbin suddenly left us and became a star in the sky,” said a statement from his record company (pictured in 2021)
I feel so sad because I know the heart of the deceased who always loved and thought of his fans more than anyone else.
They added that the funeral will be held quietly in the presence of his friends, family and colleagues.
What is the cause of his death?
Moonbin’s cause of death was not immediately determined.
However, Yonhap News Agency reported that the Seoul Gangnam Police issued a statement addressing the cause of the star’s death.
Translated into English by SumbyIt read: “It appears that Moonbin committed suicide. We are currently discussing the possibility of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people in South Korea. The country has the highest suicide rate among the group of wealthy countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The suspected suicide occurred a month after her best friend, K-pop star Sulli, took her own life after a long struggle with cyberbullying, prompting South Korea to impose tougher penalties for cybercrime.
Sulli’s death echoed that of fellow K-pop star Jonghyun, who committed suicide in 2017 after battling depression.
Service: The poster said Moonbin’s funeral will be held quietly with his friends, family and colleagues in attendance
What was the reaction to Moonbin’s death?
There was an outpouring of tributes to Moonbin after the news of his death was announced.
The phrase “all idols” went viral on Twitter in South Korea after the announcement.
“I hope all idols can achieve their dreams without feeling sad,” one of the tweets read.
Moonbin’s death also became the most searched-for topic on China’s Twitter-like social networking platform Weibo on Thursday, April 20, with many saying the news reminded them of the deaths of other young South Korean pop stars in the past.
Defeated fans flocked to social media to pay tribute to the young star.
Someone said: Rest in peace angel. We will miss you.” Another added, “I am crying. Moonbin you are an amazing wonder.
May you be perfect in heaven too. You will remain in our hearts forever. we love you.’
A third wrote, “Rest in peace Moonbin! May you be a shining star where you are right now.
Career: K-Pop group Astro, with Moonbin third from left. Members JinJin, MJ, Cha Eunwoo, Rocky, and Yoon Sanha complete the group’s lineup
Who is Astro?
Astro is a popular Korean boy group that debuted in 2016 with their extended play Spring Up.
They were named one of the best new K-pop acts of that year by Billboard magazine.
The group currently consists of MJ, Jinjin, Cha Eun-woo, and Yoon San-ha.
Former member Rocky resigned on February 28, 2023.
They released their latest album, Drive to the Starry Road, on May 16, 2022.
The group’s tour date set for May 13 in Jakarta, Indonesia has been cancelled, according to event promoter Lumina Entertainment.
They said, “After a long discussion and reflection, we have to cancel this event due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control that we cannot avoid.”