Famous k-pop singer from all-girl group “Kara” Goo Hara has passed away Sunday evening. The tragic news was confirmed by Japanese agency Production Ogi as Goo is not affiliated with any Korean agency. The official statement says, “Hello. We are here to deliver tragic and unfortunate news. Family members and friends of Goo Hara are deeply shocked and anxious at the moment. Therefore, we earnestly request that you refrain from writing speculative articles and spreading rumors. In addition, we ask the media and fans to refrain from making condolence calls. We apologize for conveying this sudden news, and we are sorry once again for requesting that [the media and fans] refrain from making condolence calls.”
According to Gangnam Police Station in Seoul, Korea, the twenty eight year old k-pop icon was found unconscious at her home in Cheongdam, Seoul last November 24 at approximately 6 in the evening. The cause of her death is still undisclosed as of writing. Seoul police is currently investigating the said incident.
It could be remembered last May that Goo Hara was also found unconscious in her Seoul home after an attempted suicide attempt, according to The South China Morning Post. The incident occurred after she posted the word “Goodbye” in her personal Instagram account, which she later deleted. The said post reaped thousands of comments from her fans. Goo was immediately taken to the hospital and later on, she released a public apology to her fans for “causing concern to everyone and causing a commotion”. The unfortunate occurrence reignited the controversy regarding immense pressure thrusted upon k-pop artists, often fueled by harsh criticism.
Known simply as Hara, Goo Hara was once part of all-female group Kara until she decided to become a solo artist in Japan and Korea. Her debut EP as a solo artist is “Alohara” and her most recently released single is “Midnight Queen”.