South Korean singer-actress and former f(x) member Sulli has died. She was 25.
The K-pop idol, real name Choi Jin-ri, was found dead in her home on Monday afternoon by her manager. “It seems that Choi was living alone at the house,” the police said, according to The Korean Herald. “It looks like she ended her life but we will investigate, open to all possibilities.”
Choi’s passing has since been confirmed in a statement by her label, SM Entertainment. “We apologize for conveying such sad and unfortunate news. Sulli has left our side. We cannot believe the situation now and we are just filled with grief,” the label wrote, as translated by Soompi. “For her family who is grieving after the sudden news of her passing, we earnestly request that you refrain from writing speculative articles or spreading rumors.”
Sulli debuted as a child actress in 2005 with roles in several South Korean television dramas, such as Drama City and Ballad of Seodong. She became a member of popular K-pop girl group f(x) in 2009 and achieved international success.
The singer took a year-long hiatus from the entertainment industry in 2014 after she was targeted by malicious online comments and rumors. She left f(x) in August 2015 to focus on her acting career. Choi subsequently made her big screen debut with an acclaimed turn in the 2017 film, Real. Earlier this year, she made her long-awaited return to music with “Goblin.”
Fellow singers and close friends from the K-pop industry took to social media last night to pay tribute to Sulli. Among them were fellow f(x) member Amber Liu, KARA’s Goo Hara and actor Ahn Jae-hyun.
Due to recent events i’ll be putting on hold my upcoming activities. Sorry everyone.
Thank you for your thoughts.
— Amber J. Liu 刘逸云 (@llama_ajol) October 14, 2019
RIP, Sulli. Revisit her final release here: