SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean actor Cha In-ha was discovered lifeless in his residence, police stated on Wednesday, the nation’s third younger celeb to die previously two months amid rising debate concerning the intense social pressures artists face.
In an unrelated case, Okay-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 “despair and panic assaults.”
The company stated the 22-year-old has lately been displaying “frequent indicators of worsening well being and anxiousness.”
Kang was a former member of the 11-member Wanna One which went on to grow to be one of many greatest Okay-pop acts after its debut in 2017. He went solo in 2018.
Whereas South Korea’s popular culture largely initiatives a healthful picture on stage and display, it has lately been marred by a collection of premature deaths and legal circumstances which have revealed a darker aspect of the trade.
A police official informed Reuters that Cha, 27, was discovered lifeless on Tuesday and that the reason for the demise 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 publish the day earlier than he was discovered lifeless, a single line message to his followers: “Everybody watch out to not catch the chilly.”
There have been no experiences to counsel he had been subjected to the sort of private assaults and cyber bullying that different Okay-pop artists have acquired.
His expertise company Fantagio in an announcement expressed “the deepest mourning for his passing” and requested the general public and the media to chorus from spreading tales about his demise.
Cha’s demise comes after a well-liked Okay-pop singer, Koo Hara, 28, was discovered lifeless at her residence final month. She had been subjected to private assaults on social media.
Her demise adopted the obvious suicide of a fellow Okay-pop star, Sulli, a former member of woman group f(x), in October. Sulli, 25, had spoken out towards cyber bullying.
The circumstances have forged a darkish cloud over the Okay-pop craze, one in all South Korea’s most profitable comfortable energy exports, and introduced a renewed concentrate on 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 gifted younger artists making “tragic selections” however what was extra alarming was the prospect of their followers looking 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 could be in ache regardless that their life seems very fancy.”
The trade has additionally been hit by a collection of intercourse scandals. Final week, two male former Okay-pop band members have been convicted of sexual assaults and sentenced to jail phrases.
Reporting by Sangmi Cha; extra reporting by Youngseo Choi; Modifying by Jack Kim, Sam Holmes and Raju Gopalakrishnan