K-pop star Goo Hara has been found dead six months after an apparent suicide attempt

Goo had been the subject of malicious allegations following her split with Choi Jong-bum in 2018

K-pop star Goo Hara has been found dead six months after an apparent suicide attempt 1

South Korean singer and actress Goo Hara has died. She was 28.

Goo, who rose to fame when she joined the girl group Kara in 2008, was found dead on Sunday. Police said an acquaintance found the Gwanju-born K-pop star lifeless at her home in southern Seoul and reported it to authorities. Police would not comment on a cause of death, but plan to hold a news briefing on Monday morning.

Six months before her death, Goo was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious at her home after posting the word “Goodbye” on her Instagram account. The post, which was later removed from the social media sites, prompted comments from concerned fans.

From the hospital, Goo released a statement apologizing to her supporters. “I am sorry for causing concerns and a commotion,” read the statement. “In terms of health, I am recovering … I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues. But from now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy.”

Though Goo — who left Kara in 2015 — managed to relaunch her solo career earlier this month with a new single and Japan tour, her personal life had not gotten better. In 2018, Goo and her boyfriend Choi Jong-bum broke up. Choi accused Goo of assaulting him, while Goo claimed that it was the other way around. Ultimately, Choi was convicted of assault as well as charges related to his threat to release a sex video of Goo.

Just this August, Choi received a suspended sentence, which Goo’s lawyers protested as too lenient. Regardless of the gravity of the sentence, the case made Goo the subject of tabloid fodder and malicious online messages.

Since the news of Goo’s death broke, fans have taken to Twitter to share their hopes that Goo was at peace.

Goo’s death comes just a month after her close friend and fellow K-pop star Sulli died by suicide at the age of 25 after struggling with online bullying.

K-pop star Kim Jong-hyun also died by suicide in 2017.

Sources: CNN, Billboard, BuzzFeed News, E! News
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