K-Pop Star Sulli Was A Tragic Victim Of Cyber Bullying

Original reporting by CLEO SG | Additional reporting by Lina Esa

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Korean celebritiy Sulli, previously from girl group f(x), has reportedly passed away. According to Korean news reports, her manager had found her in her home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do and called the fire department.

The police is investigating the cause of death, but it was reported that there were no evidence of murder or foul play.

Her manager had gone to her apartment after she became uncontactable after their last phone call at 6.30pm on Sunday. He had found her dead at around 3.20pm.

Korea Herald quoted a police official: “It seems that Choi was living alone at the house. It looks like she ended her life but we will investigate, open to all possibilities.”

According to the police, Sulli, whose real name is Choi Jinri, was severely depressed.


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Three years ago, she was reportedly rushed to the hospital with injuries to her wrist. Many speculated that it was a suicide attempt, but she and her agency SM Entertainment denied the allegations and said she had hurt her wrist by accident.

She debuted in f(x) when she was 15. She left the group in 2015, a year after she took a break from activities due to mental and physical fatigue.


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The 25-year-old, who was a child actress, continued acting and landed a lead role in the movie Real in 2017, alongside Kim Soo Hyun.

She recently released a single, “Goblin” and was one of the hosts for variety programme The Night of Hate Comments.

On September 28, Sulli, who had openly discussed about how she liked to go braless, had a nip slip while doing an Instagram live. Netizens had criticised her online and the video has since been deleted.

In December 2017, SHINee’s Kim Jonghyun, who is from the same agency as Sulli, was found dead.

If you suspect a friend could be suffering, here are a few things you can do: Listen closely to their feelings and try not to give solutions. Instead gently advise them to get help early, and be supportive. Check in on them when possible, to see how they are coping.


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