Trigger Warning: Article mentions suicide.
Update: On May 15, 2023, the media received confirmation that Haesoo, 29, is the female singer who passed away.
On May 12, 2023, a female pansori and Trot singer in her 30s has been found dead in her dorm according to media reports. The singer, only identified as “A,” did leave behind a suicide note, which was found a day later following a police investigation.
After speculation and rumors, the singer has allegedly been identified.* Rumors circulated that the identified person is the deceased after reports she could not be reached through phone or SMS. StarNews also tried reaching out to the up-and-coming star. On her social media and YouTube pages, friends and fans left messages of shock and grief.
Comments on her personal Instagram have been limited or shut off, while her official Instagram has been set to private. Her Daum café and YouTube page are still up. Her Korean Wikipedia page has been updated recently to reflect the rising star’s passing.
A day prior to being found, the singer appeared on KBS for a show. The singer was a frequent guest on several music and variety shows in South Korea, having appeared on How Do You Play, Immortal Songs, The Trot Show, Gayo Stage, and Morning Yard, among others. In January, she also performed on KBS’ Lunar New Year special.
The singer’s passing comes weeks after the passing of ASTRO’s Moonbin and a month after the passing of actress Jung Chae-yul, both deaths also believed to be suicide.
We send our condolences to the singer’s friends, families, and colleagues.
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, there is help.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: A 24/7 nationwide text-messaging hotline. Text 741741 to talk to a trained counselor.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255- Available 24 hours every day.
The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386. Crisis and suicide prevention services available to the LGBTQ+ community.
Trans Lifeline: Call (877) 565-8860. Crisis and suicide prevention services for trans and non-binary individuals.
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 for help. Text 838255 for text-based services. This service aids veterans.
Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868. A 24-hour service for young people 20 and under.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Assistance is available in French and English. However, they are not a crisis center, but they do have links to crisis centers in each Canadian province.
Trans Lifeline: Call (877) 330-6366
Youthspace: This service helps people aged 30 and under. Text them at 778-783-0177. The service is available from 6pm to midnight PST.
For a complete list of suicide and crisis lifelines available in many countries, please visit Wikipedia’s list of resources.
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