K-pop Star Goo Hara Found Dead at Her Seoul Home

By The Associated Press

K-pop star and TV celebrity Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul on Nov. 24, police said.

Police said an acquaintance found the 28-year-old dead at her home in southern Seoul and reported it to authorities.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. Police refused to provide further details.

Goo made her debut in 2008 as a member of the girl group Kara, which had big followings in South Korea, Japan and other Asian countries. She later worked as a solo artist and appeared on many TV shows.

Koo Hara and Park Gyuri
Koo Hara (L) and Park Gyuri of South Korean all-girl pop group Kara pose with the new smart phone “Optimus Bright”, produced by South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics in Tokyo on June 17, 2011. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP via Getty Images)

In May, Goo was reportedly found unconscious at her home and was hospitalized.

She was embroiled last year in public disputes with an ex-boyfriend who claimed to be assaulted by her. The case made her the subject of tabloid fodder and malicious online messages.

In October, another K-pop star and actress, Sulli, was found dead at her home near Seoul.

Sulli
Singer Sulli attends Tory Burch Spring 2016 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Sept. 15, 2015. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)

The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn’t answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department.

Kim said that there were no signs of foul play and that police did not find a suicide note.

Kim added that security camera footage at Sulli’s home showed no signs of an intrusion.

In a statement sent to reporters, SM Entertainment, Sulli’s agency, said her death was “very hard to believe and sorrowful.”

Sulli’s legal name is Choi Jin-ri. She began her singing career in 2009 as a member of the girl band “f(x)” and also acted in numerous television dramas and movies.

Before her death, she appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle.