Sulli, a K-pop star known for being a former member of the popular girl group f(x), was found dead on Monday, multiple outlets report.
Police stated that her body was discovered on Monday afternoon after her manager traveled to her home in Sujeong-gu, Seongnam — just south of the capitol city of Seoul — to check on her, according to CNN. Her manager stated that he last spoke to her on Sunday, and grew concerned when he was unable to reach her the following day; her body was then found on the second floor, the outlet reports.
The singer, born Choi Jin-ri, was 25 years old.
While a cause of death has not been officially released, authorities have suggested that she took her own life, with a police official telling CNN, “So far, it seems she killed herself, but we will leave all possibilities open and investigate.”
Police also confirmed to the outlet that a note was left at the scene but they have yet to examine it.
However, Kim Seong-tae, an official with the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department, told the Associated Press that no suicide note was found and said that there was nothing to lead them to expect foul play.
“The investigation is ongoing and we won’t make presumptions about the cause of death,” he said.
Sulli began her career as a child actress and later made her singing debut as a member of the all-girl group f(x) in 2009. She left the group in 2015 to focus on her acting career, but returned to music a few years later. She released her debut solo album “Goblin” in June 2019.
SM Entertainment, Sulli’s agency, described her death as “very hard to believe and sorrowful” in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The singer was an outspoken feminist who talked often about her beliefs, including her support of the no-bra movement, according to an Asia One report. Her views, often at odds in the conservative culture of South Korea, routinely resulted in controversy.
Prior to her death, Sulli posted Instagram videos that showed her crying, and even said in one, “I’m not a bad person,” according to The Guardian.
Seongnam police said in a statement obtained by the outlet that she'd been struggling with severe depression.
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