K-pop singer Sulli died after struggle with depression, says note

A day after a popular and controversial South Korean singer-actress was found dead in a two-storied house in a province near Seoul, police on Tuesday found her note which said she had been “suffering” from depression for a long time, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) reports.

Citing police, MBC said the note contained negative messages that upset her. The police did not reveal the contents of the note.

Sulli, who debuted as a child actress in 2005 and started her K-pop career in 2009 with SM Entertainment, had stopped singing in 2014 after facing malicious comments and rumours against her.

Cyberbullies targeted Sulli in 2014 when she, along with her former boyfriend Choiza, a hip hop recording artist, admitted their relationship following a report.

Recently, she appeared on a TV show featuring celebrities discussing online hate mails.

Sulli was active on social media and many opposed or supported her bold views. Her untimely death on Monday renewed the battle between cyber-bullies.

Those who backed her directed their anger at Choiza saying all her troubles started after her split with him. Some even wished he would die in a car crash.

Choiza’s supporters said his critics should stop making baseless allegations and realise that Sulli died because of cyberbullies on social media and not him.

‘No suicide note, no foul play’

Most South Korean agencies said police did not find any suicide note in Sulli’s home. According to them, there were no signs of intrusion or foul play behind her death.
However, police are investigating the case on the assumption Sulli may have committed suicide.

Born Choi Jin-ri, the 25-year-old was found dead by her agent at 3.21 pm in a home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi province, south of Seoul.

The agent visited her home after she stopped answering phone calls for several hours between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

The entertainment industry of South Korea was shocked by Sulli’s death. They cancelled all programmes scheduled on Monday.

Stars crack under pressure

The death of Sulli points to pressures faced by K-pop idols in a highly competitive environment.

Although management agencies help them to become potential K-pop stars, they treat them like singing machines.

Their strict regime denies these potential stars valuable time with their family and friends. Loneliness, depression and memory loss drive some to suicide.

K-Pop singer Kim Jong-hyun, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, died in December 2017 in a suspected suicide. Police found him unconscious in a rented studio apartment in Seoul. Toxic fumes from coal briquettes found on a frying pan killed him. In a text message sent to his sister before the apparent suicide, Kim bid her “final farewell”.