The deaths of K-Pop idols under the age of 40
Life is a mysterious journey. Nobody can tell whether it will be good or bad, long or short. The best thing we can do about life is to make the most of each day. Live your life to the fullest, they say. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same fate in life. These idols came into the limelight and, despite their fame, left with a sorrowful ending. Here is a list of more than ten K-Pop idols who have passed away due to various reasons.
1. Choi Jin-young – age 39
November 17th, 1970–March 29th, 2010
Choi Jin Young was the younger brother of South Korea’s best actress, Choi Jin-sil. He was an actor and a singer. He rose to fame through a popular TV series titled Our Paradise in 1993. Many people found a resemblance between him and his sister, but that did not help his acting career improve further. Choi returned as a singer named Sky after he finished his military service. His first album, Final Fantasy, received great success with his single “Forever,” which later became one of the classic songs. Unfortunately, Choi fell into depression after his sister committed suicide. Close friends stated that Choi had been involved in suicide attempts several times in 2009 and refused to seek help despite his mother’s plea. He was later found dead. He hanged himself with an electrical cord in his apartment’s attic on March 29th, 2010, in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul.
2. Ahn Jae-hwan – age 36
June 8th, 1972–September 8th, 2008
Ahn Jae-hwan was a South Korean actor. He acted in several TV series, such as Do the Right Thing (2003) and Diamond Tears (2005). On the morning of September 8th, 2008, Ahn was found dead in his car in an apparent suicide via asphyxiation, or carbon-monoxide poisoning. Police revealed the eerie details of the discovery where they said Ahn had probably died days before the 8th as his body was already decaying upon discovery. Debts prompted Ahn to end his life.
3. Choi Jin-sil – age 36
December 24th, 1968–October 2nd, 2008
Choi Jin-sil was The Nation’s Actress. Her acting was excellent, and so was her career. She began acting in TV commercials before landing roles in many notable projects, such as My Love, My Bride (1990), MBC drama Jealousy (1992), My Rosy Life (2005), and The Last Scandal of My Life (2008). She even hosted her own reality show, Choi Jin-sil ‘Truth and Lie, in 2008. However, her life started to take a turn when her former manager, Bae Byeong-su, who was an influential figure in the entertainment field, was murdered by her road manager in 1994. She was suspected of having taken part in the murder and since then received defamation from an unknown individual. It was also revealed that her husband, baseball player Cho Sung Min (m. 2000), had been abusing Choi throughout the last two years of their marriage. He committed a breach of marital fidelity, violence, and defamation against his wife from 2002–2004, and they eventually got divorced. In 2008, Choi received more pressure when she was yet again suspected to have caused another death. This time it was the suicide of her close friend and fellow actor Ahn Jae-hwan. Choi was accused of having acted as a loan shark in Ahn’s death. Following Ahn’s death in September 2008, Choi committed suicide on October 2nd, 2008.
4. Jang Jin-young – age 35
June 14th, 1974–September 1st, 2009
Jang Jin Young was an actress with an amazing record. She won two Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best Actress, first for Sorum in 2001 and again for Singles in 2003. She was also one of the highest-paid actresses in South Korea throughout 2008. An amount of $354,000 per film was her income at that time. Unfortunately, during a regular health check-in in 2008, Jang was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She had been experiencing stomach pains while eating, but she thought it was a stomach ulcer. The actress was treated between 2008 and 2009; however, her health eventually deteriorated, and cancer took her life away.
5. Park Yong-ha – age 32
August 12th, 1977–June 30th, 2010
Park Yong-ha was a successful actor and singer when his life took a dark turn. Park was found dead at his home. He hanged himself with a camcorder charger cable. Despite his previous success in releasing a Japanese album and holding concerts in Korea and Japan, Park struggled to manage his entertainment company, his career, and was coping with his father’s cancer. Park was first known for his role in Winter Sonata as Kim Sang-hyeok alongside Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo.
6. Lee Seo-hyun (M.Street) – age 30
1978–December 1st, 2008
Lee Seo-hyun was the lead singer of the boy group M.Street and a devoted Christian. His death was both shocking and mysterious. Lee committed suicide by hanging himself in a recording studio where a suicide note was also found. He expressed his apology towards his family, friends, and fans. However, it was still unclear as to why Lee ended his life, especially when the group was doing fairly well in the industry with their comeback Tension.