×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Korean Pop Star Sulli Dies at 25

Korean pop star Sulli was found dead at her home near Seoul on Monday. She was 25.

Her manager found her body and alerted the police.

The manager reported that the star, whose real name was Choi Jin-ri, suffered from depression, and police said that they were working on the assumption that she had died by suicide. Initial investigations found no sign of foul play but also no suicide note.

Sulli, who initially debuted as a child actress in 2005, rose to fame as a member of the K-pop girl band f(x) under the management of South Korea’s  top agency, SM Entertainment. She had held down both her singing and acting jobs until 2014, when she complained of severe cyber-bullying and online misinformation. The following year she quit the band and focused primarily on acting.

She had the lead role in 2017 film “Real” and in “Pirates.” She recently shot TV show “Hotel Del Luna” for tvN, and was attached to “Persona” for Netflix.

Sulli, who maintained a sexy and outspoken image, often found herself the target of online abuse. She was a close friend of Jonghyun, another K-pop icon, who killed himself in December 2017.

Her most recent media appearance was her emcee role in a TV show, “The Night of Hate Comments.” The program invites stars and celebrities who have suffered cyber-bullying to talk about their experiences. Sulli was scheduled to record the show Monday. JTBC, the show’s broadcaster, said in a statement that it would go ahead with the recording as scheduled.

Social media was quickly alight with the news of her death. “Sulli’s death shouldn’t be reported as a suicide but murder,” one fan tweeted, adding that the pop star “was attacked constantly” and “there’s only so much a person can take. May angels lead her & take her to the stars where she can stay forever shining and happy.”

Others did not hesitate to link Sulli’s death to Jonghyun’s. “You’re in a better place now Sulli with Jonghyun. I hope both of u found the happiness you deserve in heaven,” another fan wrote.

Related:

More Music

  • Black Crowes Sign With CAA

    Black Crowes Sign With CAA

    A day after the Black Crowes confirmed their reunion, announced their 2020 “Shake Your Moneymaker” 30th anniversary tour and capped it with their first concert in six years, the group announced that it has signed with CAA for worldwide representation. The group’s cofounders — singer Chris Robinson and guitarist Rich Robinson — are the only [...]

  • T.R. Knight

    TV News Roundup: T.R. Knight Joins HBO Max's 'The Flight Attendant'

    In today’s TV news roundup, “Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight joins HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” and BET renewed “Games People Play.” CASTING T.R Knight has been cast in HBO Max‘s dark comedy “The Flight Attendant.“ Knight will play Cassie’s (Kaley Cuoco) older brother, Davey. When Cassie’s life starts to unravel, Davey deals with the [...]

  • Andrea Bocelli

    Andrea Bocelli Calls Plácido Domingo Cancellations Due to Sexual Harassment Claims ‘Absurd’

    Italian singer Andrea Bocelli is defending embattled opera star Plácido Domingo, saying it is “absurd” that concerts have been canceled in the wake of multiple sexual-harassment allegations. “I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible artist,” Bocelli said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t understand this. Tomorrow a lady can just come up [...]

  • Rudy Lopez Negrete Returns to CAA     

    Rudy Lopez Negrete Returns to CAA

    Rudy Lopez Negrete has rejoined CAA as an agent in the Music Touring department, specifically focused on leading brand partnerships for CAA’s Latin music clients. He will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office, where he will work with Latin artists including Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Becky G, Isabela Merced, Luis Fonsi, Mon [...]

  • Justin Bieber Cupid Movie

    Justin Bieber Debuts First Look at 'Cupid' Movie

    Beware of cupid’s arrow. Justin Bieber unveiled a first-look photo for “Cupid,” his upcoming animated movie from Mythos Studios. The image sees a cartooned Bieber, who will voice the god of love, on the side of a cliff with the sun setting in the background. “Cupid” will tell the story of the eponymous mythical being [...]

  • Sonos Spotify partnership

    Sonos Speakers Get Free Spotify Streaming

    Sonos owners just got access to another source for free music: The smart speaker maker has struck a deal with Spotify to stream Spotify’s free tier to its users, both companies announced Tuesday. Free Spotify streams are going live on Sonos devices with the latest Sonos software update, which also includes an updated version of [...]

  • Labrinth Inks With Columbia Records

    Labrinth Inks With Columbia Records

    British singer-songwriter-rapper-producer Labrinth has moved over to Columbia Records in the U.S., the company confirmed today. Labrinth (real name: Timothy Lee McKenzie) is known as a solo artist, as a member of the supergroup LSD with Sia and Diplo — which released an album, including the hit single “Thunderclouds,” earlier this year — and as [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content