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Sulli, former member of South Korean girl band f(x), found dead

A former member of top South Korean girl group f(x), who had spoken out against cyber bullying, was found dead on Monday, police said.

The body of Choi Jin-ri, better known by her stage name Sulli, 25, was discovered at her home in Seongnam, south of the capital, Seoul, police said.

epa07920039 Police cordon off the house of late South Korean singer-actress Sulli in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 14 October 2019. A probe into the cause of her death is currently underway.

epa07920039 Police cordon off the house of late South Korean singer-actress Sulli in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 14 October 2019. A probe into the cause of her death is currently underway.


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“Her manager visited her home after failing to reach her since their last call the night before,” police said in a statement.

Sulli, 25, was grappling with severe depression, police said. They did not elaborate.











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Sulli debuted with the five-member f(x) in 2009. It became one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea and helped fuel the global K-pop craze.

Sulli left the group in 2015 an launched a career as a solo singer and actress.











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Most recently, she appeared on a television programme in which K-pop stars discussed their experiences with malevolent online comments.


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© 2019 Reuters

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