Goo Hara, K-pop singer and actress, dead at 28

She first shot to fame as a member of K-pop girl group Kara.

K-pop singer and actress Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul today (November 24), police have said.

The 28-year-old is best known as a former member of K-Pop group Kara, which she joined in 2008. She also stared in several television programs, including her own reality TV series On & Off, and an idol beauty show called A Style For You.

Hara’s first solo EP, released in 2015, peaked at number four in the Korean music charts.

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The singer was found dead at about 6pm local time (9am GMT), according to the Gangnam Police Department. The cause of death is still under investigation.

She appeared at a series of comeback performances last week after being hospitalised in May following an alleged suicide attempt. In a message to fans following the incident, Hara wrote, “I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues. But from now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy.”

Over the last year her career was overshadowed by events in her personal life. In September 2018, Hara filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, Choi Jong-bum, after he threatened to expose a sex tape of her without her consent. He was later convicted of threatening, coercing, injuring, and was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison.

Hara’s death comes just over a month since another former K-Pop girl band member, Sulli, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, was found dead at the age of 25.

The K-pop star was found unresponsive by her manager on October 14, on the second floor of her house in the South Korean city of Seongnam.

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