SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean actor Cha In-ha was discovered useless in his house, police stated on Wednesday, the nation’s third younger superstar to die up to now two months amid rising debate concerning the intense social pressures artists face.
In an unrelated case, Ok-pop star Kang Daniel’s administration company Konnect Leisure stated the previous member of the hit boy band Wanna One had determined to take a break from his performing schedules attributable to “melancholy and panic assaults.”
The company stated the 22-year-old has not too long ago been exhibiting “frequent indicators of worsening well being and anxiousness.”
Kang was a former member of the 11-member Wanna One which went on to turn into one of many largest Ok-pop acts after its debut in 2017. He went solo in 2018.
Whereas South Korea’s popular culture largely tasks a healthful picture on stage and display, it has not too long ago been marred by a collection of premature deaths and legal circumstances which have revealed a darker facet of the trade.
A police official advised Reuters that Cha, 27, was discovered useless on Tuesday and that the reason for the loss of life was not instantly identified.
Cha, whose actual title 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, a single line message to his followers: “Everybody watch out to not catch the chilly.”
There have been no reviews to recommend he had been subjected to the sort of private assaults and cyber bullying that different Ok-pop artists have obtained.
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 well-liked Ok-pop singer, Koo Hara, 28, was discovered useless at her house final month. She had been subjected to non-public assaults on social media.
Her loss of life adopted the obvious suicide of a fellow Ok-pop 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 Ok-pop craze, one among South Korea’s most profitable smooth energy exports, and introduced a renewed give attention to private assaults and cyber bullying of younger stars that goes largely unpunished.
Lee Maria, a 52-year-old workplace employee, stated it was heartbreaking to see proficient younger artists making “tragic decisions” however what was extra alarming was the prospect of their followers searching for to emulate their actions.
Kim Dae-han, a Seoul resident who stated he was the identical age as Cha, stated his view of the celebrities had modified after the latest deaths: “I feel they is perhaps in ache regardless that their life seems to be very fancy.”
The trade has additionally been hit by a collection of intercourse scandals. Final week, two male former Ok-pop band members have been convicted of sexual assaults and sentenced to jail phrases.
Reporting by Sangmi Cha; further reporting by Youngseo Choi; Modifying by Jack Kim, Sam Holmes and Raju Gopalakrishnan