SEOUL: South Korean actor Cha In-ha was discovered useless in his dwelling, police mentioned on Wednesday, the nation’s third younger celeb to die previously two months amid rising debate in regards to the intense social pressures artists face.
Whereas South Korea’s popular culture principally initiatives a healthful picture on stage and display screen, it has just lately been marred by a sequence of premature deaths and legal circumstances that exposed a darker aspect of the business.
A police official advised Reuters Cha, 27, was discovered useless on Tuesday and that the reason for the loss of life was not instantly identified.
Cha, whose actual identify is Lee Jae-ho, made his movie debut in 2017 and was beforehand a member of the five-member boy band Shock U, which launched two albums.
The singer-actor had left an Instagram put up the day earlier than he was discovered useless, telling his followers to take care within the chilly winter.
His expertise company Fantagio in a press release expressed “the deepest mourning for his passing” and requested the general public and the media to chorus from spreading tales about his loss of life.
Cha’s loss of life comes after a Okay-pop singer, Koo Hara, 28, was discovered useless at her dwelling final month. She had been subjected to non-public assaults on social media.
Her loss of life adopted the obvious suicide of a fellow Okay-pop idol star, Sulli, a former member of woman group f(x), in October. Sulli, 25, had spoken out in opposition to cyber bullying.
The circumstances have forged a darkish cloud over the Okay-pop craze, certainly one of South Korea’s most profitable mushy energy exports, and introduced a renewed give attention to private assaults and cyber bullying of younger stars that goes largely unpunished.
The business has additionally been hit by a sequence of intercourse scandals. Final week, two male former Okay-pop band members had been convicted of sexual assaults and sentenced to jail phrases.