Ok-pop star Moon Bin, member of the favored boy band group Astro, was discovered lifeless at his residence in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday night, his administration label introduced. He was 25.
Moon Bin, recognized professionally as Moonbin, was reportedly discovered unresponsive by his supervisor within the Gangnam neighbourhood of Seoul.
Police are at the moment investigating the loss of life, although native authorities have stated there’s no proof of foul play. A police officer in Seoul informed the Korean outlet Yonhap Information that Moon Bin’s loss of life seems to be a suicide.
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“On April 19, Astro member Moon Bin unexpectedly left our world and have become a star within the sky,” reads a press release in Korean from the music company Fantagio.
The music company didn’t present any further details about Moon Bin’s loss of life however stated the label’s different artists are in a state of “very deep disappointment and shock.”
Fantagio requested followers to “chorus from speculative and malicious reviews” in favour of respecting the Moon household’s privateness.
Moon Bin’s funeral might be as personal as attainable with household, mates and colleagues in attendance, the assertion reads.
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Astro debuted in 2016 after they appeared on a well-liked actuality TV present. The group rapidly discovered success in South Korea and Japan and was listed on Billboard’s prime 10 listing of latest Ok-pop teams that yr, with the journal praising them for his or her “brilliant, synthpop sound that received over Ok-pop lovers from around the globe.”
Astro initially had six members, however one left the group in February 2023. The group has launched three full-length albums and 10 EPs since their debut.
Earlier than becoming a member of Astro, Moon Bin was a toddler actor and mannequin. He held a minor function within the Ok-drama Boys Over Flowers, which was massively in style in Asia.
Moon Bin’s sister, Moon Sua, can be a Ok-pop artist, a member of the woman band Billlie. Moon Bin and Moon Sua carried out collectively as a part of a subgroup known as Moonbin & Sanha.
A number of South Korean singers and actors have died by suicide in recent times, which has touched off soul-searching about harsh competitors within the fast-growing leisure business, an abusive on-line tradition and failure by administration to handle the psychological well being issues of their stars.
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Most Ok-pop stars be a part of leisure businesses at a really younger age — many of their early teenagers — and practice intensively for a number of years earlier than making a public debut. Ok-pop stars are sometimes held to very excessive requirements within the public eye and are steadily scrutinized on-line for his or her look, costume and behavior.
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In 2019, in style Ok-pop star Goo Hara of the group Kara died by a suspected suicide at 28 years previous. The yr prior, she sued her ex-boyfriend for bodily assault and threatening to blackmail the star with a sexually express video. He was given a suspended jail time period, however Goo Hara’s profession and status remained tarnished till her loss of life.
Simply over a month earlier than Goo Hara died, a member of the F(x) woman group, Sulli, additionally died by a suspected suicide amid a longtime battle with on-line harassment and bullying. Sulli was 25.
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Sulli was good mates with Kim Jonghyun, member of SHINee, one in every of Korea’s most profitable boybands, who died of a suspected suicide in 2017. Throughout his profession, Kim Jonghyun was a uncommon voice within the Ok-pop business who overtly mentioned his struggles with melancholy and psychological sickness. He was 27.
In keeping with the Group for Financial Co-operation and Improvement, South Korea has the highest suicide price of any nation, at about 26 per each 100,000 folks. Psychological well being and remedy stay stigmatized in South Korean society.
For those who or somebody you recognize is in disaster and wishes assist, sources can be found. In case of an emergency, please name 911 for speedy assist.
For a listing of help companies in your space, go to the Canadian Affiliation for Suicide Prevention.
— With information from The Related Press
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