The 28-year-old idol, who rose to fame as a member of the girl group KARA, was found unconscious in her Seoul residence at 6:09 p.m. on Sunday, the Korea Times reported.
An acquaintance who tried to visit Hara in her Cheongdam home reportedly found her body and called the Seoul Gangnam Police, who are now investigating the case.
Hara’s Japanese management label, Production Ogi, released a statement through South Korean agency 8D Creative asking news outlets to refrain from making speculations about her passing.
“Currently, the family members of the deceased, as well as her friends and acquaintances, are going through a tough time from psychological impact and instability. Therefore, we earnestly ask that media outlets and their related personnel, as well as the fans’ condolence calls, refrain from spreading rumors or speculative reports,” Production Ogi said, according to Allkpop.
The label added that it considers holding Hara’s funeral privately, though consultations have yet to be made with her family.
Following the news, fellow KARA member Seungyeon allegedly headed straight to Hara’s residence.
The pair, who maintained a close friendship after KARA’s disbandment in 2016, had consistently kept contact “even until a few days ago,” an acquaintance of Seungyeon told E Daily.
“Sulli, I’m sorry that I can’t go because I’m in Japan. I’m so sorry that this is the only way for me to greet you. Go there and be well as you do what you really want to do. I’m going to do my best and try to live your share too, I’ll work hard. Everyone, I’m okay. Sulli and I were really close, we were like real sisters, and that’s why I wanted to speak to her like this so I turned on the live broadcast. I apologize. I’m sorry. Don’t worry, everyone. Sulli, goodbye,” she said in an Instagram Live video, according to Soompi.
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