K-pop or Korean Pop music is quickly spreading its wings in the hearts of music lovers all over the world. The relatively new form of music requires intense training in the fields of singing, acting, dancing along with composition of music. Today we write about the sad demise of a K-Pop star Sulli.
Our heart goes out to the 25 year old star, who was found dead at her residence yesterday. Her real name was Choi Jin-ri. Born in Busan, South Korea in 1994, she started out as a child actor. In 2009, she joined the K-pop band called f(x). However, due to continued online abuse, she took a break and left the music industry to restart her acting career.
However, Sulli resumed working on music after three years with a feature on Dean’s 2018 single Dayfly. In June 2019, she made her solo debut with the single album Goblin.
Not only in music industry Sulli had made her name in feature films and won Best new Star Award at SBS Drama Awards in 2012. Her songs Pinocchio (Danger), Electric Shock and Hot Summer were major hits.
She was last featured in Night of Hate Comments, where stars discussed cyberbullying, malicious rumours and hate comments faced online. She was a very outspoken person with a strong passion for women’s rights. This made her the target of bullies online.
She was very depressed recently and had mental health issues. She was quoted saying, “Even close people left me. I was hurt by them and felt there was nobody who understands me, which made me fall apart,”. We can only imagine what she must have faced due to cyber bullying even when she was such a talented and famous star.
Her manager found her body in her apartment on the second floor. The manager said that he got concerned after he could not contact her. He had spoken to her the previous day. Prima facie, media was informed, it looked like suicide and a letter was found in her apartment.
But no official statement regarding the cause of her death has yet been issued. The death of Sulli makes us remember Kim Jong-hyun who also committed suicide in 2017. It makes us question the integrity of people who comment online without having to face any consequences themselves. Is it much different than stone pelting in the early days? If Not, then what?