K-pop boyband star Yohan dies aged 28
K-pop star Yohan died at the age of 28. (Yohanee0416 / Instagram)
K-pop star Yohan from the boy band TST died at the age of 28.
The singer - real name Kim Jeong-hwan - was killed on Tuesday, June 16. His cause of death has not been released.
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TST's music label, KJ Music Entertainment, said in a statement, "Hello. This is TST's label, KJ Music Entertainment
"We are sad to deliver the most unlucky and sad news. On June 16, TST member Yohan left this world.
Yohan's death shocked K-Pop fans. K-pop star Yohan died at the age of 28. (Yohanee0416 / Instagram)
"The late Yohan's family is currently grieving deeply. The family has spoken out for media articles about Yohan's death, such as speculation about the cause of death, to be out of respect.
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"We express our deepest condolences to Yohan's last farewell."
Yohan celebrated his 28th birthday in April and posted a post on Instagram on May 31, standing on a beach and titled "I want to travel."
The singer made his debut with the boy band NOM and came to TST after their breakup in 2017, formerly known as Top Secret.
TST - known for their hits - Love Story, Paradise and Wake Up - released their last single album Count Down in January.
According to South Korean broadcaster SPOTV, which broadcast the news of his death, his entourage will be held at Severance Hospital in Seoul, and a funeral will be held in Yongin on Thursday, June 18.
Among those who pay tribute to the star on social media was South Korean singer Lee Kiseop, who wrote, "I love you very much, Yohan ... I miss you."
Yohan's death is the last in a series of K-pop stars who lost their lives last year.
In December 2019, K-pop star Cha In Ha was found dead at the age of 27.
South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead in October 2019 at the age of 25, shortly after leaving a note suggesting that she had suffered from depression.
In November 2019, 27-year-old K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead in her home in Seoul. The police reported that they left a "pessimistic" note on their living room table.
Stars of the K-pop industry experience a meteoric rise to fame, but also extreme pressure and sharp criticism from their own fans on social media. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, South Korea consistently had one of the highest suicide rates among industrialized countries, which prompted its government to take steps to address the problem.
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