‘Baby Kara’ Member Ahn So-jin Dead in Apparent Suicide

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Popular K-pop trainee and reality-show contestant Ahn So-jin died on Feb. 24 after an alleged suicide attempt. Ahn was 22 years old.

According to Yonhap, Ahn was found unconscious in a flowerbed near an apartment in Daejeon at 2:07 p.m. KST. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she was declared dead upon arrival. After initial investigations, the police have ruled her death as a suicide and are currently investigating whether or not the singer had jumped from the 10th floor of the apartment complex. No note was found.

“We have concluded it to be suicide and we will be wrapping up the case. We did not find any traces of evidence that would suggest that it was something other than suicide,” said a representative from the Daeduk police station. “The family of the deceased are having a very difficult time, they want to send her off peacefully so there will not be any autopsy.”

Ahn was a trainee under DSP Media for five years and participated in the reality competition program Kara Project: The Beginning, also known as the “Baby Kara” series. She was one of seven singers vying to become a member of the established K-pop girl group Kara. She rose to fame and managed to make it to the top 4, but she was ultimately dropped from the competition.

It’s been reported that Ahn suffered from depression. DSP Media said in a press release that Ahn did not renew her contract with the agency one month ago and had returned back home to Daejeon since the reality show ended.

“We suddenly heard of this unfortunate news today. It is so unfortunate. We will do everything we can to help her family,” DSP Media told the press, according to allkpop.

K-pop fans have expressed their condolences for the departed talent through social media, making the hashtag #RIPSojin a worldwide trend.



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