04 December 2019 06:35
South Korean pop star and actor Cha In Ha has been found dead at the age of 27, the third young Korean star to die in the space of two months. Cha, who was a member of the K-pop group Surprise U and also had a fledgling acting career, was found at his home. His South Korean talent agency Fantagio saying it was "filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe". A spokesperson said: "We earnestly ask for rumours not to be spread, and for speculative reports not to be released in order for his family – who are experiencing great sadness due to the sudden news – to be able to send him away peacefully." Cha (real name Lee Jae-ho) had recently started an acting career, starring in 2017 short film You, Deep Inside of Me and the TV drama Love With Flaws. Cha's is the third sudden death of a K-pop star in recent months.
In November K-pop singer Goo Hara was found dead at her home, a few weeks after the death of her close friend and fellow singer Sulli. The deaths of both women drew attention to "toxic" fan culture in Korean, as both artists were subjected to online abuse. Sulli had been one of the few K-pop stars to speak openly about her mental health problems and her death drew calls for greater emotional support for performers. Earlier this year the hugely successful K-pop boy band BTS began a month-long hiatus, with their management saying the break would allow themselves to "enjoy their normal lives as normal twentysomething young men". Cha's death is the third inside three months of a young South Korean performer.
5 Fellow K-Pop star Goo Hara was found dead aged 28 Credit: Instagram Korean actor Cha In Ha has died at the age of 27. The rising star was found dead in his home on Tuesday December 3, and his passing has been confirmed by his agents Fantagio. In a statement the agency said that they were 'filled with grief' by the 'heartbreaking and unfortunate' news of his death, which comes just two years after he made his acting debut. Sad: Korean actor Cha In Ha has died at the age of 27. The rising star was found dead in his home on Tuesday, but the cause of his passing is not yet known Currently Cha's cause of death has not been confirmed, but it is currently being investigated by police according to the The Straits Times.
RIP: Cha's death comes just a week after K-pop singer Goo Hara, 28, was also found dead at her apartment in Seoul following a suicide attempt six months ago (pictured in 2016) On October 14, Hara's fellow K Pop star Sulli was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she sparked controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram. Sulli had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the 'no-bra' scandal after she repeatedly showed her nipples on social media. Sulli's death also echoes that of fellow K-pop star Jonghyun, who took his life in 2017 after battling with depression. Upset: On October 14, Hara's fellow K Pop star Sulli was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she sparked controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram His death caused grief to millions of fans around the world and focused scrutiny on the Korean pop music industry. Controversy: Sulli, 25, had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the 'no-bra' scandal after she repeatedly showed her nipples on social media Hard: K-Pop stars including Hara (pictured in 2015) face tremendous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called 'fandoms' A Korean actor, Cha In-ha, has been found dead at the age of 27, according to a talent agency that represented him. Mr. Cha, who was set to appear in the n ew TV series "Love With Flaws," is the third young Korean entertainer to die in less than two months. "We're sincerely hurt that we're sending this sad news to the people who have given Cha In-ha so much love and supported him until now," a representative from Fantagio, an entertainment agency, said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo. Mr. Cha, whose real name is Lee Jae-ho according to Variety, has been gathering fans as a member of the acting group SURPRISE U since 2017.