K-Pop idol Moonbin and member of boy band ASTRO was found dead at his apartment in Gangnam, Seoul on April 19.
The news received widespread coverage by local media after the Seoul Gangnam Police reported the singer had been found unresponsive by his manager at around 8pm on April 19 in his residence.
Later that day, Moonbin’s agency Fantagio confirmed the police reports.
“On April 19, ASTRO member Moonbin suddenly left us and has now become a star in the sky,” Fantagio said in a tribute to the singer.
“Although it cannot compare to the grief of the bereaved family that had to part with their beloved son and brother, his fellow artists and the staff here at Fantagio, who have been together with him for a long time, are also deeply mourning the departed amidst tremendous shock and sorrow.”
It is believed Moonbin committed suicide, however Seoul Gangnam Police have not yet confirmed the cause of death. They are currently “discussing the possibility of an autopsy”.
Many of ASTRO’s fans, known as Arohas, were shocked by the news of his death and took to twitter to express their sadness.
“Fly high my butterfly. This really makes me sad,” user @mrimsayj tweeted.
“He will forever be the brightest Moon in the sky. Thank you, Moonbin,” user @NoMapsea tweeted.
The news proceeds a string of suicides in the K-pop community, including Jonghyun from the boy band SHInee who committed suicide in December 2017 and Sulli from the disbanded girl group f(x), who committed suicide in October 2019.
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