K-pop star Goo Hara has been found dead aged 28

Photo credit: Han Myung-Gu - Getty Images
Photo credit: Han Myung-Gu - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Just six weeks after the death of K-pop star Sulli shocked fans, her close friend and member of K-pop group KARA has been found dead in her home in Seoul at the age of 28.

On the evening of Sunday November 24th police were called to her home in Cheongdam-dong an area of Seoul, South Korea, after a maid reportedly found her unresponsive and alerted authorities. Police reportedly discovered a handwritten note at her home.

The news comes after her close friend Sulli, who was a member of K-pop group f(x) was found dead in her home in October. Sulli spoke out publicly about her mental health struggles and the online abuse she had received, which at one point forced her to take a hiatus from music.

The day before her death Hara posted an image of herself to Instagram with the caption, "Goodnight".

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A post shared by 구하라 (@koohara__) on Nov 22, 2019 at 10:04am PST

Hara was a member of four-person K-pop group, KARA, which disbanded in 2016. Hara had since been working as a solo artist and appeared on a number of TV shows. The deaths of Hara and Sulli so close together have prompted people to question the reality of life for a K-pop star.

Hara made headlines a number of times last year after an ex-boyfriend claimed she had assaulted him. She then accused him of threatening to release a sex tape of her. She was subject to a barrage of vicious messages and online abuse as a result of this dispute. Then, in May of this year a friend reportedly found her unconscious in her home and she was hospitalised.

Photo credit: Han Myung-Gu - Getty Images
Photo credit: Han Myung-Gu - Getty Images

A Japanese agency named Production Ogi have since released a statement on behalf of Hara's family asking for privacy; "Family members and friends of Goo Hara are deeply shocked and anxious at the moment. ‘Therefore, we earnestly request that you refrain from writing speculative articles and spreading rumours. In addition, we ask the media and fans to refrain from making condolence calls."

Police have yet to release further details and stated that the cause of death in currently under investigation.

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