- South Korean K-pop star, Sulli, whose real name was Choi Jin-ri, was found dead in her home on Monday
- Her body was discovered by her manager, who went looking for her at her home after he had not been able to reach her since Sunday
- Police are still investigating the case, however believe that her death could have been a suicide
South Korean singer-actor, Sulli Ditemukan, was found dead at her home in Seongnam in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, 14 October.
According to BBC.com, the 25-year-old singer-actor was found by her manager on the second floor of her house. He said he has went looking for her as he had not heard from her since Sunday.
Police told the publication that they are still investing the cause of her death but are also working on the assumption that she committed suicide.
Sulli, who had more than five million followers on Instagram, was also a former member of the band, f(x), until she left in 2015 to focus on her acting career.
It was reported that the artist, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, ended her K-pop work after grappling with the abuse she got from social media platforms.
Music journalist, Taylor Glasby, called her a “free spirit”.
“She was one of the idols who decided to live her life in the way she wanted to and that didn’t always sit well with the general public," said Glasby to Radio 1 Newsbeat.
In South Korea, pop stars are called idols.
“For idols, everything is about appearance, everything is quite monitored, and she just didn’t [monitor her content]. She was herself.
“She clapped back and she wouldn’t take people’s narrow-mindedness.”
Taylor added that Sulli’s former band, f(x), influenced the genre of K-pop.
“They were one of the girl groups that didn’t fall in, they did their own thing. Their music was more hard-hitting. It was innovative and complex, and it helped cement an entire sub-genre within K-pop – girl crush.
“When she [Sulli] left, her legacy became being outspoken. It became taking control of her own image. I admired her spirit to do so despite the constant negativity that was directed at her by some less open-minded citizens,” said Taylor.
Sulli’s former f(x) bandmate, Amber Liu, took to Twitter to share her shock at what had happened.
Sulli was known for her controversial behaviour in conservative South Korea. She unashamedly told her fans that they had a choice about how to display their bodies.
The celeb was involved in the so-called “no-bra” scandal where she showed off her nipples on a number of occasions. The first snaps appeared on her Instagram account in May 2016, in which she faced a huge amount of abuse on social media.
Then last month, her breasts were shown by accident during a live Instagram stream, which again caused much controversy.
Reports of her death trended though social media across United States, UK, Canada and Australia, as well as here in Mzansi, with many people calling for cyber-bullying to stop as depression is a huge factor in so many young talents having been lost recently.
Meanwhile, about a month ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Thami Shobede's death shocked us all - the Idols SA runner-up passed away at the age of 31 after a sudden illness.
Briefly.co.za reported that Thami collapsed while performing on stage and we remembered the times he blew us away with his talent.
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