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Cha In-ha Found Dead as Suspicions Arise Around Deaths of Korean Entertainers

Yonhap News/Newscom, via ZUMA Press
By Natalie Hunter

Cha In-ha was found dead in his home on Tuesday evening GMT at only 27. The cause of his death is unknown. According to Reuters, police have claimed that the cause of death is unknown. However, suspicions arise now that Cha In-ha's death marks the third sudden death of a Korean entertainer for reasons that are initially "unknown." The most probable cause of deaths for these celebrities is suicide and mental health-related. Is there too much pressure being put on these younger entertainers?

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“We’re sincerely hurt that we’re sending this sad news to the people who have given Cha In-ha so much love and supported him until now,” a representative from Fantagio, his entertainment agency, said in a statement on Tuesday according to The New York Times.

Cha In-ha made his film debut in 2017 while joining K-Pop band and acting group SURPRISE U. His TV show 'Love With Flaws' premiered on Korean TV just this week. He played a bartender at a gay bar.

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In-ha made an Instagram post just before his death with the caption "Everyone be careful not to catch the cold.”

This directly parallels the death of 28-year-old K-Pop star Goo Hara. She posted a selfie of herself in bed going to sleep and wrote the caption, "Goodbye." She was also found dead in her home by police. The cause of her death was initially unknown and is now suspected to be suicide.

Sulli's story is very similar to the other two Korean entertainers'.

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Sulli was also found dead in her home one evening. It too was most likely a suicide, but The New York Times reported that K-Pop columnist Jeff Benjamin described her as “an outspoken star in an industry that probably would have rather had her stay quiet."

Most Korean citizens suspect that it's the pressure of the entertainment industry that is affecting their mental health. Kim Dae-han, a Seoul resident aged 27, expressed his concern saying, “I think they might be in pain even though their life looks very fancy.”

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“Their fall can be as sudden and as dramatic as their rise to the height of fame,” Lee Hark-joon, a South Korean journalist, who has produced a relevant documentary and written a book about the Korean music industry, told The New York Times after 28-year-old singer Goo Hara was found dead. “Theirs is a profession especially vulnerable to psychological distress — they are scrutinized on social media around the clock, and fake news about their private lives is spread instantly.”

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