K-Pop superstar 28-year-old Goo Hara was found dead in her home in Seoul at around 6pm local time on Sunday (24th November), according to local media.
Shortly before her body was found, the musician posted a picture of herself on Instagram with the caption, “goodnight”.
Police are still in the very early stages of this investigation, so at this point details are limited.
Hara’s body was discovered just days after returning from Japan, where she had been promoting her new single, Midnight Queen.
Goo Hara is best known as a former member of the world-famous K-Pop group Kara, which she joined in 2008.
The sad news also comes just six months after Hara made a public apology to her fans for allegedly trying to take her own life.
Hara sent shockwaves across social media platforms when she posted a single word on her Instagram account: “Goodbye”. After her unconscious body was discovered at her home, Hara apologised to her fans for the “concerns and commotion” she had caused.
Following the incident earlier this year, Hara told the Korea Times:
“I am sorry for causing concerns and a commotion.
“I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues
“But from now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy.”
Naturally, fans have made the connection between the two incidents and the two similar Instagram posts – the one captioned “goodbye” and the one captioned “goodnight” – and made assumptions that she may have tried to take her own life, once more, and succeeded this time. As I say, though, nothing has been officially confirmed yet and local police are still investigating her death.
The news is currently trending on social media, with countless fans, friends and celebrities turning to various platforms to share their heartbreak:
Hara’s tragic death comes just weeks after the death of another K-Pop star – Sulli, who died at just 25. The singer, who was part of the K-pop girl band f(x), was found dead at a house in Seongnam on 14th October 2019.
Suicide is something that can touch any of us at any time. Whether we’re feeling those dark feelings ourselves, or know someone who is, it’s a very real problem. To feel such strong emotions means a person feels they have no other options; the darkness, doubt and fear has engulfed them and they are drowning. Anyone feeling such dark thoughts needs to know that there is help out there for them; they need to know – right now – that their friends and family are there and they will never judge them for their thoughts or feelings.
If you suspect someone in your life is feeling suicidal, don’t be British and ignore it – if you’re gut is telling you something is wrong with them, there’s probably something wrong with them. Reach out and show them you are there, unconditionally.
If your life is in imminent danger, please call 999.
Please, please reach out. So much help is out there.
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