Death of Former K-pop Star, Sulli


Lexi Ariete, Contributor

On October 14, 2019, the manager of K-pop idol, Sulli, found her dead in her home in South Korea. Sulli, who’s full name is Choi Jin-ri, was 25 years old when found dead.

Born on March 29, 1994, Choi Jin-ri accomplished many things at a young age. As a child, Sulli had an acting career, before later debuting as a member of the K-pop group, f(x), in 2009. F(x) became one of the top girl-groups from Korea, with one of their most popular songs being “Rum Pum Pum Pum.” Later, in 2015, Sulli left the group and focused on her acting career. She disappeared from creating more songs until 2018 when she was on the album, “Dayfly” by Dean. Sulli also had a variety show called “Jinri Store” that aired on October 25th, 2018. In June of 2019, she came out with an album called, “Goblin.” Goblin was her first album as a solo artist after leaving f(x). 

Sulli acted in a handful of shows and movies throughout the years, with the most recent variety show being “The Night of Hate Comments,” that aired on June 21st, 2019. Many idols don’t take part in political events because it can damage their reputation. Idols have to apologize when they have done something wrong, but Sulli never apologized for her opinion. She talked about why she had done so on “The Night of Hate Comments.” Many anti-feminists disagreed with her, which led to more hate comments. 

Sulli was also known for her support of women’s rights, which is not a very common thing spoken of as an idol. Sulli supporting political rights for women brought many hate-comments online. She had to defend herself on many occasions against online bullies. The police suspected her death to be a suicide, which led fans to believe that it was due to online harassment. Fans also believe that it could have been due to the high pressure of her work in the music industry. Police found at the scene, but what was on it has not yet released to the public. Sulli had suffered from severe depression, with one of the causes being hate comments. According to CNN, the post-mortem may take place by Wednesday. South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, 

Fans around the world are commenting on her Instagram page for Sulli to rest in peace. Other bands working with the SM Entertainment company are canceling their upcoming events. Another one of the former f(x) members, Amber Liu, is also canceling events. CNN quoted CedarBough Saeji, “She was brave… the fact that Sulli repeatedly did things that misogynists didn’t like, and refused to apologize, is how she really stood out.”

Sulli’s death is still under investigation. Her family is holding a private funeral for Sulli. Petitions are being held to create tighter rules on cyber-bullying. People who become stars, know the mental-health risk when it comes to working in that industry. Companies are now starting to fix the problem of the hard pressure over their stars.