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K-pop star Goo Hara left 'pessimistic' note, South Korean police say

Reuters

K-pop singer Goo Hara left a “pessimistic” note, police said on Monday, a day after the former member of top South Korean girl group Kara was found dead.

“A handwritten note that was pessimistic about her life was found on a living room table,” Lee Yong-pyo, commissioner of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, told reporters.

Fans mourning Goo’s death flocked to her funeral home Monday, while her colleagues canceled their schedules and relayed condolences.

Goo, 28, was discovered at her home in southern Seoul by her maid at around 6 p.m. on Sunday, Lee said.

Better known as Hara in other parts of Asia, Goo had spoken out against cyberbullying.

In June, a month after she was found unconscious at her home and hospitalized, she said on social media that it was difficult to fight depression and vowed to respond sternly to malicious online comment.

“It is so sad that she had to suffer from vicious, inhumane comments at such a young age just because she was a celebrity,” said 20-year-old student Kim Nam-gun, one of about two dozen fans who gathered at the funeral home.

Goo debuted with five-member band Kara in 2008. They helped fan the global K-pop wave, building large fan bases in Japan, China and other countries.

After her deal with a South Korean management agency was terminated, Goo launched a solo career in Japan and held a concert there this month.

Another K-pop star, Sulli, a former member of girl group f(x) and a close friend of Goo’s, was found dead at her home in October. Sulli, 25, whose real name was Choi Jin-ri, had also spoken out about cyber bullying.