The death of Korean singer Goo Hara shocked the world, as the heartbreaking news of her suicide came within six weeks of the death of another K-pop idol, Sulli.
The singer debuted in 2008 as a member of the K-pop girl group Kara. When the group disbanded in 2016, Goo began her solo career in Korea and Japan.
Goo sparked concerns among fans following a previous suicide attempt in late May, which she later apologized for and vowed to recover in a statement
In 2018, Goo’s ex-boyfriend was accused of filming the singer without consent while the two were intimate and blackmailing her by threatening to publish the footage. A male judge later acquitted him of these charges but convicted him of other charges
, including assault.
Goo’s brother reportedly sent messages of support following K-pop star Sulli’s suicide as the two were said to have been close friends. The English translations of the messages read, “I’m begging you. Please don’t have any negative thoughts, don’t get sick, take care of your health,”
according to The Straits Times
Goo’s tragic death has sparked criticisms of the K-pop industry’s pressures of creating the perfect image, as well as cruel cyberbullying, and the justice system’s failure to protect women.
Recently, the grief of millions of fans around the world turned to anger when it was discovered that Goo’s parents could be given a share of the late singer’s assets. If no will is found, South Korean law states that family members will become the beneficiaries.
Goo’s parents reportedly divorced
when she was still young and are said to have abandoned her. Goo reportedly moved in with her aunt at the age of 14 prior to becoming a K-pop trainee.
Fans have since expressed their anger, stating that the aunt should be the beneficiary as they believe Goo’s parents had neglected their parental duties.
Others pointed out the possibility that Goo and her parents could have mended their relationship before her passing.
As fans continue to grieve the death of Goo and Sulli, experts fear these recent events could lead to even more suicides.
Psychiatrist and director of Korea’s Suicide Prevention Center Paik Jong-woo told CNN
, “There needs to be special attention to prevent celebrity suicides.”
In 2008, there was reportedly a spike in suicide rates following the highly publicized suicide of Korean actress Choi Jin-sil.