Korean pop stars die young

Korean pop stars die young


norman lebrecht

November 24, 2019

K-pop star, Goo Hara has been found dead at her home in Seoul. She was 28.

A member of girl group Kara from 2008 to 2015, she was blackmailed with nude pics by an ex-boyfriend and was dropped by her agent. After a suicide attempt earlier this year she was in the process of rebooting her career at the time of her death.

The short life span of Korean pop stars is a recurrent theme in our news feed, here and here and more. There must be more to it.

Is anyone in the music biz concerned about it?



  • Cynical Bystander says:

    This site is becoming quite distasteful of late. The headline and the text are extremely insensitive. A little more care, a little less click bait perhaps?

  • Friend says:

    Very sad to hear. Condolences to her loved ones.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    The real story behind this story is the vicious antics of other people who are covetous of the success of others and are willing to pay any price to destroy same.

  • wakeupkorea says:

    i am not surprised at all. south koreans a well known for bullying eachother. if you count the number of deaths that are related to school bullying, it will rival the fatalities caused by some terminal diseases. the south koreans ought to learn soon, or these deaths won’t stop.. such a self destructive nation..

  • Ivy says:

    The horrors of the K-pop industry are notorious. Forced plastic surgery, arranged “relationships,” contracts that essentially rob the stars of most of their earnings. My condolences to Ms. Goo’s family.

  • V. Lind says:

    Shades of “the 27 Club, which runs from Brian Jones to Amy Winehouse, through people like Hendrix and Joplin and Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, to name only the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

    In other words, you can make a pattern out of anything when you are drawing a few names from a crowded field.

    Young death is always sad.

  • Rob says:

    The fame and the glory.

  • Joseph Trivers says:

    The triteness of this headline is concerning and is lacking in taste and discretion. Although the official cause of death has yet to be announced, the circumstances are concerning. Ms. Hara allegedly attempted suicide earlier this year, and her death raises serious questions of the K-Pop and entertainment industries, and South Korean society at large. Molka, the covert filming of women and the footage uploaded to websites, is a major problem in South Korea. The country also has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. More sympathetic and sensitive reporting is required.

  • Dennis says:

    Why is a classical music site reporting on K-Pop stars anyway? What’s next? Links to home and gardening updates from HGTV?