Moonbin: K-pop star, 25, found dead at home in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea –

Moon Bin, singer of South Korean boy band Astro, was found dead in his Seoul home, his management agency announced Thursday.

The 25-year-old was reportedly found by his manager who went to the singer’s home Wednesday night after he did not respond to his contact information. An investigation is underway, but no signs of wrongdoing have been found so far.

Moonbin’s agency, Fantagio, said in a statement that he “suddenly left us and became a star in the sky”, acknowledging his death and saying that fellow artists and company staff were “extremely sad”. I mourn him with deep sorrow and shock.

Fantasio said Moon Bin’s funeral will be held “as quietly as possible” and that attendance will be limited mainly to family members, close friends and colleagues, based on the wishes of the bereaved family.

Moon Bin started his music career in 2016 as a member of the six-member boyband Astro. Astro debuted shortly after the singer’s appearance on a television reality show. The group was an instant success in South Korea and Japan, being featured on Billboard’s Top 10 list of new K-pop groups for him that year, and the magazine described it as “a bright spot that captivated her K-pop enthusiasts around the world.” synthpop sound”. .”

According to Billboard, Astro, with Moon Bin as a member, has had 7 albums on the magazine’s World Albums chart, reaching No. 5 in 2017 with “Dream Part.02.”

Fans flooded Moonbin’s social media accounts with comments expressing their grief and shock over his death, months after renewing his contract with Fantagio along with four other Astro members.

“Unbelievable,” radio host Jang Sung-gyu wrote on Instagram. “We only met a few times on the air, but every time we met, Moonbin was always upbeat and showed great love for his family. I can’t imagine the pain he went through.” Moonbin was also a member of the duo Moonbin & Sana with Astro bandmate Yoon Sana. Due to the situation, the duo’s performance in Jakarta has been cancelled.

The US public relations agency Helix Publicity, which represents Moonbin and Sana, released a statement on Twitter saying it was “extremely heartbroken”.

“Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences to Moonbin’s family, friends and loved ones, and to AROHA, who always cheered and supported him,” said a self-proclaimed Astro fan. Mentioned.

Moonbin entered the entertainment industry as a child actor and appeared in the TV series “Boys Over Flowers” which gained tremendous popularity in Asia in 2009. His younger sister, Moon Soo Ah, is also a K-pop artist and a member of girl band Billy.

Several South Korean singers and actors have died by suicide in the last few years, along with tough competition in a burgeoning entertainment industry, an abusive online culture, and management’s failure to address the stars’ mental health issues. It was an opportunity for me to search for my soul.

Last week, actress Jung Chae-yul (26) was found dead at her home. Her agency has not disclosed the cause of her sudden death.


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