K-Pop Star Sulli Dead at 25, Officials Believe Suicide Was Manner of Death

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 14, 2019 Updated: October 14, 2019

If you or someone you know is considering suicide in the United States, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Sulli of the K-pop band f(x) was found dead inside her home, and reports suggest that suicide may have been the manner of death.

“So far, it seems she killed herself, but we will leave all possibilities open and investigate,” a South Korean police official told CNN.

The 25-year-old singer and actress, born Choi Jin-ri, was found dead by her manager on Monday, the report said.

The manager had spoken to her on Sunday evening but when he checked on her the next day, she was found dead. Officials said she was found in her home in Sujeong-gu, Seongnam, located near of South Korea’s capital city, Seoul.

Sulli had more than 6 million followers on Instagram. She left f(x) in 2015 to focus on acting.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that a cause of death hasn’t been reported. Local officials don’t suspect foul play, and they didn’t find a suicide note.

“The investigation is ongoing and we won’t make presumptions about the cause of death,” Kim Seong-tae, spokesperson for Seongnam Sujeong Police Department, told AP. Meanwhile, Sulli’s management, SM Entertainment, said that her death was “very hard to believe and sorrowful.”

AP noted that she was known as a feminist in South Korea while also appearing on a TV show and in several movies after she left the group.

She was also friends with K-pop star Jonghyun, whose real name was Kim Jong-hyun, who killed himself in December 2017.

Singer and actress Goo Hara, formerly part of girl band Kara, was found unconscious in May 2019. She posted the word “Goodbye” on Instagram, suggesting that she attempted to kill herself.

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Ambulances drive along a street in a file photo. (TVNZ via Reuters TV)

Other details about her death are not clear.

Suicide Hotlines

If you are in an emergency in the United States or Canada, please call 911. You can phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1 800 273 8255. Youth can call the Kids Help Phone on 1800 668 6868.

In the United Kingdom, people can call Samaritans at 116 123, Papyrus at 0800 068 41 41, or Childline at 0800 1111.

In Australia, the suicide prevention telephone hotline at Lifeline is 13 11 14. You can also visit the Lifeline website at lifeline.org.au. Youth can contact the Kids Helpline by phoning 1800 551 800 or visiting headspace.org.au/yarn-safe

If you are in an emergency in India, call Befrienders India – National Association at +91 33 2474 4704.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.