The Tragic Story of Lee Soo-man’s Wife Kim Eun-jin Who Passed Away in 2014

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Let’s Get to Know More About Kim Eun Jin, Wife of The Founder of SM Entertainment

Kim Eun Jin was the wife of Lee Soo Man, who’s the founder of a famous South Korean entertainment company, SM Entertainment. SM debuted Girls Generation, Super Junior, Red Velvet, EXO, and many other well-known artists. As we know, SM Entertainment has made tremendous contributions to the popularity of the K-Pop entertainment industry in this era. Not everyone knows much about Lee Soo Man’s life and his family; even his family portrait is difficult to find since he really protects his private life.

Lee Soo Man’s wife, Kim Eun-jin, has passed away, and their love story is rather long. In this Channel-Korea article, let’s read more about Kim Eun Jin, wife of Lee Soo Man, who passed away in 2014! Stay curious!

Who Is Kim Eun-jin?

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Kim Eun-jin was the lovely wife of Lee Soo Man, the founder and head of SM Entertainment. From a source, Lee Soo Man and Kim Eun-jin met in the United States in 1984 and married after that.

Lee Soo Man was a caring and loving husband. He continued to serve and take care of his wife after Kim Eun-jin was diagnosed with cancer of the intestine in 2012. She received chemotherapy treatment and surgery, but it didn’t save her.

Their love story was like a fairy tale. In 1984, they met and fell in love in the United States of America and got married. They were setting up SM Entertainment in 1989 and had two sons together. Later, in 2012, after his wife’s cancer was diagnosed, Lee Soo Man always stayed close to her during her life and treatment, every single day and night.

When his wife experienced an allergic to sunlight because of her cancer, Lee So Man bought a new house in Los Angeles for his wife convenience and condition, to better support her treatment.

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Passed Away in 2014

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Lee So Man and his family are not very open about their private life. The TV Daily, a South Korean television media, was trying to collect information through phone calls but weren’t able to get any information since SM Entertainment was not available to comment at the moment.

Later, a local news agency claimed that Kim Eun-jin, wife of Lee Soo Man, had passed away on September 30, 2014, after battling cancer for two years. Right after that, the official statement was launched, stating, “The small intestine cancer was first discovered in December, 2012, and after receiving surgery in January, 2013, she continued to receive chemotherapy. Producer Lee Soo Man was continually by her side and nursing her ever since the discovery of cancer. However, the cancer relapsed and after two years of struggle, she passed away on September 30, 2014.

They also closed the funeral, making it for only private guests and family. It concluded, “The funeral occurred quietly without notice to the public and only with the family as desired by the deceased and her family, and the final rites were concluded on October 2, 2014. We ask for comfort and prayers for the deceased.

Kim Eun-jin’s Funeral

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The funeral of Kim Eun-jin, Lee Soo Man’s wife, was only for family and close relatives, as SM Entertainment revealed in their public statement. It was held on October 2, 2014.

Various artists sent condolences to Lee Soo Man’s family, including Victoria f(x), Siwon Super Junior, and former Girls’ Generation member, Jessica Jung. They all expressed their sympathy and condolences through online posts.

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Choi Siwon of Super Junior, who was with the rest of the SM Entertainment artists present at the SM Town Live World Tour in Tokyo Japan, tweeted his sympathy message for Lee Soo Man on October 5, saying, “Please be strong. We will finish (our concert) here well and go (to you.) The others also pray for the repose of (Kim Eun Jin’s) soul.” Siwon posted the message in English and Japanese so the foreign fans would understand.

Victoria of f(x) also wrote her condolences via her official Instagram, along with a photo of the venue where their concert was that day. She uploaded the message, “I feel a deep sadness about the passing of Sir Lee Soo Man’s wife. But we’re always with Sir Lee Soo Man. He’s a father-like pillar to us. We’ll finish our concert well and go (to you)~ Be strong!

Victoria also revealed that some media used a photo of her smiling, so she posted in order to avoid misunderstanding. She stated, “This is not the photo (I used), I don’t understand why (the media) uploaded an untruthful article. I don’t think it’s respectful to the dead. I hope everyone also prays for the soul of the dead.

Despite being surrounded with controversy, former Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung, who had just left Girls Generation not long before this happened, sent her respect and  condolences, as well. On October 6, Jessica Jung posted a message on her Weibo, “I was so shocked to learn about the news, my heart feels bad. I pray for her soul,” Jessica said, in Korean. She followed this with a message in English, “Please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She will be greatly missed.

That’s all about the passing of Lee Soo Man’s wife. Our deep condolences to their family, may they always be strong and continue to make an awesome life. Channel-Korea is also hoping the cure for cancer will be found soon. Don’t forget to comment and share your thoughts below!