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


7. Kim Seok-kyun – 30


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1979 – January 17, 2009

Kim Seok-kyun was an actor who had tried his best. At the age of 26, he had a role in a short movie and lasted starring in shorts until age 30. But he remained largely unknown to the crowd. Years of stagnation in his career and failures brought Kim to the best decision to end his life. Kim was found hanging with an apology note for his loved ones.

8. Jang Ja-yeon – 29


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January 25, 1980 – March 7, 2009

Jang Ja-yeon’s death is very unsettling. The beautiful persona was known from her character in Boys Before Flower as Sunny, among the 3 mean women. She committed suicide by hanging at her home. Her death became a scandal when it was disclosed that Jang suffered clinical depression on account of the sexual and physical abuse that she had received during her career.

She was forced by her agent to have sex with a string of VIPs, including directors, media executives and CEOs and was defeated when she didn’t execute the orders properly. Her representative Kim Sung-hoon, however, diminished this accusation and he was not charged against.

9. Lee Eon – 27


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February 5, 1981 – August 21, 2008

Lee Eon, born Park Sang-min, was a model turned actor. He is most well known part was in Coffee Prince as Hwang Min-yeop along with Gong Yoo. He won the 1st Korea Drama Awards for this particular role. Lee tragically died from a motorcycle accident when his bike struck the guardrail of an overpass in Hannam-dong, Seoul, at about 2 AM. He had been driving home from a party celebrating the last episode of Strongest Chil Woo. Gong Yoo took leave from his army service to have the ability to hold Lee’s memorial tablet from the procession to the grave site.

10. Jeong Da Bin – 26


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March 4, 1980 – February 10, 2007

Jeong Da-bin was first known in the hit tv series Rooftop Room Cat (also known as Attic Cat or Cat on the Roof). She took on the major role in her first movie He Was Cool in 2004. She then continued to work on other projects until her final one in 2005, That Summer’s Typhoon with Han Ye-seul. Unfortunately, it didn’t succeed in the ratings.

Jeong wasn’t in any other job afterwards. When news of her emerged again, it had been grim. She was found hanged with a bath towel in her boyfriend’s house in Gangnam. Jeong’s boyfriend, Lee, stated he took her back to his location after understanding that she had been drunk during a night out.

The police had suspected foul playnonetheless, the postmortem declared that it was suicide. It was further disclosed that Jeong seemingly was suffering from intense depression due to the imprisonment of her prior director and malicious online discrimination involving her entire body.

11. Rottyful Sky – 25


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March 22, 1988 – October 8, 2013

Rottyful Sky, also called Haneul, first surfaced 14 years old. She had been among the most loved rising idols along with BoA, Joanne, and Dana. When she was 23, she turned into a singer/songwriter and returned since Rottyful Sky. Her tune Blue Bird for its TV series Scent of a Woman successfully garnered people’s attention.

Unfortunately, in 2012, the singer had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She stopped all of her activities to undergo intense therapy. At one point, she had looked better. But the disease eventually took over the singer’s lifetime at 25 years old.

12. U;Nee – 25


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May 3, 1981 — January 21, 2007

U;Nee, born Lee Hye-ryeon, was among K-Pop’s first generation multitalented artist. She could sing, rap, dance, and even behave. Lee changed her name legally into Heo Yoon before debuting as a professional artist and also employed her point name U;Nee.

She surfaced in 2003 as a dance-pop singer. In many of her songs, she also filled in for the rap part. Two decades later, her agency decided to advertise U;Nee as a sexy singer. She made a comeback with a sexy R&B monitor entitled Call Call Call.

So as to sell more from this new image, U;Nee had to experience several plastic surgeries, including breast augmentation, and slight alteration on her nose and chin. In 2007, U;Nee committed suicide by hanging himself because of depression, pressure from popularity and personal issues.

13. Sung In-kyu (A’st1) – 24


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November 18, 1988 — February 22, 2013

Sung In Kyu was one of the singers of DSP Entertainment’s boy group A’st1, that disbanded a year once they surfaced in 2008. In 2011, he disclosed that he was suffering from thymus cancer to his lovers and because then started receiving chemotherapy treatments. 2 decades of therapy did not end well as Sung succumbed to his illness and was pronounced dead on February 22, 2013.

14.Woo Seung-yeon – 24


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May 24, 1983 — April 27, 2009 Woo

Seung-yeon was another rookie actress that suffered from the harsh conditions in the film industry. She rose to fame as an online ulzzang (meaning”best face” or”good-looking”) and she got into modelling afterwards. She eventually branched out into acting where she left and appearance in the film Herb, the mobile sitcom Yap, and another movie named Private Eye. Yet she lost her struggle with depression when she was discovered hanging in her closet in 2009. Her mother explained that her daughter fell into melancholy after failing an audition and dividing with her long term boyfriend.