K-Pop Star's Death Brings New Scrutiny to Industry

Sulli, 25, appears to have committed suicide
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2019 8:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Her name was Choi Jin-ri, but she was better known to her legions of fans in South Korea and elsewhere as Sulli. The 25-year-old actress and former K-pop star was found dead in her home near Seoul on Monday in what police say was an apparent suicide, reports the Yonhap news agency. Sulli's death already has focused attention on the enormous pressures on K-pop stars, an issue Sulli had spoken out about. Details:

  • Her death: Sulli's manager found her body in her home in Seongnam, south of the capital. "Choi seemed to have lived alone in the house," said a police official. "It seems that she took her own life, but we are also looking into other possibilities." No suicide note has been found.
  • Her fame: Sulli was a child actor before joining the K-pop group f(x) in 2009; both she and the band became household names. She left the group in 2015 to focus on acting and a solo singing career, reports Reuters.

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