Goo Hara, South Korean singer and actress, was found dead at her home in Seoul on Sunday evening at around 6 pm local time. She was a former member of the K-Pop group Kara, which she joined in 2008. Kara was one of the first K-Pop bands to achieve international recognition. Goo later went solo and also appeared on television. Her first solo song EP was released in 2015 and made it to the top five in the Korean music charts.
Police are still investigating the cause of her death and considering the possibility of suicide as the singer had allegedly attempted suicide six months ago. The 28-year-old was found unconscious in May and hospitalised. She had later apologised to her fans for causing "concerns and a commotion."
The singer’s career and personal life were affected last year by a revenge adult film case with her former boyfriend. Goo had filed and won a case against her ex-boyfriend, who had threatened to release an intimate video of her. He was given a suspended jail term. However, in early 2019, Goo was focusing on her career again and had signed up with a talent management agency in Japan, releasing a new song, Midnight Queen, in November. She was on a tour in Japan between 14-19 November, to promote her single.
Last month, Goo’s close friend Sulli, a former girl band member, was also found dead after battling with depression. Goo had posted a video message for Sulli, where she was seen crying and saying, “Sulli, I’m sorry I can’t go [to your funeral] because I am in Japan.I’m sorry that I had no other choice but to greet you like this. Live well up there and do everything that you wanted to do. I will live hard and work hard for you.” Fans are shocked that Goo has now allegedly chosen the same path. The singer shared her last Instagram post on Saturday -- a photograph of herself lying in bed -- captioning it, “Good night." Many of her fans have been commenting on the post, sending her love. One fan wrote, “I hope you're doing well wherever you are now, my sweetheart. I love you.”