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Moonbin, a K-pop sensation and a member of the boy band Astro, passed away on Thursday, according to his record company and the South Korean police, sparking an outpouring of sympathy from fans.
The 25-year-old singer was discovered dead late on Wednesday at his home in southern Seoul, a National Police Agency official told AFP, adding that there was no indication of foul play.
On Thursday, Fantagio Music, Moonbin’s record company, also issued a statement announcing his passing but keeping the cause of death a secret.
Moon Bin, a member of Astro, abruptly left our world on April 19 and became a star in the sky, the group wrote on Twitter.
It requested that people “refrain from speculative and malicious reports” so that his family may pay their respects and honour him in silence.
Thousands of comments, many of which expressed disbelief, were left in response to the label’s announcement from distraught fans.
“May Moonbin find peace. Hope you get good treatment from the moon and the stars. I pray they shower you in love and comfort,” one person tweeted.
“At the moment, I find it difficult to concentrate on my work. Another said, “This hurts so much.
Before making his acting and child modelling debut with Astro in February 2016, he enrolled in Fantagio’s trainee programme at a young age.
Before he passed away, Moonbin & Sanha were scheduled to play at the Dream Concert, which will take place in May and is one of the biggest K-pop joint events in South Korea.
Additionally, the group was in the midst of their Diffusion Fan Con Tour across Asia when they debuted their official fan community profile on Weverse, the world’s largest fandom website run by K-pop megastars BTS’s management company HYBE, on Sunday.
Despite the fact that no artist’s death is ever unexpected, Moonbin’s premature passing was all the more devastating given how busy the young star was even the week before he passed away, according to Jeff Benjamin, Billboard’s K-pop columnist, in an interview with AFP.
Nobody in his immediate vicinity anticipated this, but what we can save is his indisputable smile, he continued.
I compared the brightness to the Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland,” as well as the beautiful music and performances he offered us.
Underneath the glitz and glamour, the K-pop industry is renowned for its ruthless rivalry, a lack of privacy, online bullying, and the constant demand from the public to uphold a clean image at all times and at any cost.
Unnamed police officials were cited by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency as saying that investigators think Moon’s death was an apparent suicide.
Goo Hara, who went away in 2019, and several other young K-pop artists in recent years have reportedly committed suicide. After they broke up, an ex-boyfriend who had assaulted her demanded money in exchange for watching their sex films.
The alleged suicide happened a month after her close friend, K-pop artist Sulli, killed herself following a protracted battle with online abuse. This led to calls in South Korea for harsher penalties for cybercrimes.
One of Moon’s admirers commented, “It always seems like the people who smile the most suffer the most.”
“We’ll think of you when the stars shine bright and the sky is a beautiful shade of blue.”