List of 22 K-Pop Idols That Died Under the Age of 40 Because Accidents, Suicides, and Illnesses


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KPOP Idol Who Died Under 40

Nobody can tell whether it will be good or bad, long or short. The very best thing we can do about life is to take advantage of each day. Live your life to the fullest, they say. Unfortunately, not everyone has the exact same destiny in life. These idols came to the limelight and, regardless of their popularity, left having a sorrowful ending. Here is the record of 10+ K-Pop idols that have passed away due to various reasons:

1. Choi Jin-young – 39


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November 17, 1970 – March 29, 2010

Choi Jin Young has been the younger brother of South Korea’s best celebrity, Choi Jin-sil. He had been an actor and a singer. He rose to fame via a popular TV series named Our Paradise at 1993.

A lot of people found resemblance between him and his sister, but that didn’t help his acting career improve further. Choi returned a singer called Sky after he completed his military service.

His very first record Final Fantasy received excellent success with his solitary Forever that later turned into one of those basic songs. Regrettably, Choi fell into melancholy after his sister committed suicide.

Close buddies stated that Choi had been involved in suicide attempts several times in 2009 and refused to seek help regardless of his mum’s plea. He hanged himself with an electrical cord in the attic of his flat on March 29, 2010 at Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul.

2. Ahn Jae-hwan – 36


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June 8, 1972 — September 8, 2008

Ahn Jae-hwan was a South Korean actor. He acted in several TV series, for example Do the Proper Thing (2003) along with Diamond Tears (2005). Morning on September 8, 2008, Ahn was discovered dead in his car in an apparent suicide via asphyxiation, or carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Police revealed the eerie particulars of the discovery where they stated Ahn had likely died days before the 8th as his figure was decaying upon discovery. Debts prompted Ahn to finish his life.

3. Choi Jin-sil – 36


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December 24, 1968 — October 2, 2008

Choi Jin-sil was The Country’s Actress. Her acting was excellent and so was her career. She started acting in TV commercials before landing roles in several notable projects, like My Love, My Bride (1990), MBC drama Jealousy (1992), My Rosy Life (2005), and The previous Scandal of My Life (2008).

She hosted her own reality show Choi Jin-sil’Truth and Lie’ at 2008. However, her life started to have a turn when her former manager, Bae Byeong-Su, who was an influential figure in the entertainment field, was killed by her own road manager in 1994.

She was suspected to have taken a role in the murder and since then received defamation from an unidentified person. It was also revealed that her husband, baseball player, Cho Sung Min (m. 2000), was abusing Choi during the last couple of years of the union.

He committed a violation of marital fidelity, violence, and defamation from his spouse from 2002 — 2004 and they eventually got a divorce. In 2008, Choi acquired more stress when she was yet again suspected to have caused another departure.

This time was that the suicide of her friend and fellow actor Ahn Jae-hwan. Choi has been accused to have acted as a loan shark in Ahn’s death. Following Ahn’s departure in September 2008, Choi committed suicide on October 2, 2008.

4. Jang Jin-young – 35


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June 14, 1974 — September 1, 2009

Jang Jin Young was a celebrity with an incredible record. She won two Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best Actress, first for Sorum in 2001 and again for Singles in 2003. She was also among the highest paid actresses in South Korea throughout 2008.

An amount of USD 354,000 each movie was her income at that moment.  Regrettably, during a regular health check in 2008, Jang was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She was undergoing stomach pains while eating but she’d thought that it was stomach ulcer. The celebrity was treated between 2008 and 2009 however her health eventually deteriorated and cancer took her life away.

5. Park Yong-ha – 32


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August 12, 1977 – June 30, 2010

Park Yong-ha proved to be a successful performer and singer when his life took a dark turn. Park was found dead at his property. He hanged himself with camcorder charger cable. Despite his previous success in releasing a Japanese album and holding concerts in both Korea and Japan, Park struggled in managing his entertainment company, his career and was dealing with his father’s cancer. Park was first known from his character in Winter Sonata as Kim Sang-hyeok alongside Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo.

6. Lee Seo-hyun (M.Street) – 30


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1978 – December 1, 2008

Lee Seo-hyun has been the lead singer of boy group M.Street and a devoted Christian. His death was both shocking and mysterious. Lee committed suicide by hanging at a recording studio in which the suicide note was also found. He expressed his apology towards his family, friends, and fans. But, it was still unclear as to why Lee finished his lifetime, particularly when the group was doing quite well in the industry with their comeback Tension.