Korean actor Cha In Ha, 27, found dead in apartment

Korean actor Cha In Ha has died at the age of 27.

The rising star was found dead in his home on Tuesday December 3, and his passing has been confirmed by his agents Fantagio.

In a statement the agency said that they were ‘filled with grief’ by the ‘heartbreaking and unfortunate’ news of his death, which comes just two years after he made his acting debut.

Sad: Korean actor Cha In Ha has died at the age of 27. The rising star was found dead in his home on Tuesday, but the cause of his passing is not yet known

Sad: Korean actor Cha In Ha has died at the age of 27. The rising star was found dead in his home on Tuesday, but the cause of his passing is not yet known

Sad: Korean actor Cha In Ha has died at the age of 27. The rising star was found dead in his home on Tuesday, but the cause of his passing is not yet known

Currently Cha’s cause of death has not been confirmed, but it is currently being investigated by police according to the The Straits Times.

In a statement, his agency said: ‘We feel devastated to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news. ‘On December 3, actor Cha In Ha left our sides. 

‘We are truly heartbroken to deliver sad news to everyone who has sent lots of love and support to Cha In Ha until now. We are filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe. 

Tragic: News of Cha's passing was confirmed by a statement from his agents, who said they were 'filled with grief' following the news of his death

Tragic: News of Cha's passing was confirmed by a statement from his agents, who said they were 'filled with grief' following the news of his death

Tragic: News of Cha’s passing was confirmed by a statement from his agents, who said they were ‘filled with grief’ following the news of his death

The statement continued: ‘We earnestly ask for rumours to not be spread and for speculative reports to not be released in order for his family, who is experiencing greater sadness more than anyone due to the sudden sad news, to send him away peacefully.

‘As wished by his family, the funeral will be held privately. We express deep mourning for his passing.’

In Cha’s final Instagram post from just a day before his death, he wrote: ‘Everybody watch out.’

Haunting: In Cha's final Instagram post from just a day before his death, he wrote: 'Everybody watch out.'

Haunting: In Cha's final Instagram post from just a day before his death, he wrote: 'Everybody watch out.'

Haunting: In Cha’s final Instagram post from just a day before his death, he wrote: ‘Everybody watch out.’

Cha made his film debut in 2017 in You, Deep Inside Of Me, and went onto join his agency’s acting group Surprise U the same year.

He regularly appeared in the group alongside Kim Yun Seo, Yoon Jeong Hyuk, Eun Hae Seong and Ji Geon Woo.

Cha also starred in the TV dramas Temperature of Love and The Banker and had been appearing in the new MBC drama Love With Flaws before his death.

Screen star: Cha made his film debut in 2017 in You, Deep Inside Of Me, and went onto appear in various TV dramas

Screen star: Cha made his film debut in 2017 in You, Deep Inside Of Me, and went onto appear in various TV dramas

Screen star: Cha made his film debut in 2017 in You, Deep Inside Of Me, and went onto appear in various TV dramas

Cha’s death comes just a week after K-pop singer Goo Hara, 28, was also found dead at her apartment in Seoul just two weeks after launching her comeback tour following a suicide attempt six months ago.

She is not the first K Pop megastar to feel the intense pressures of the limelight in the controversial industry. 

It followed an apology to her fans earlier this year for causing a ‘commotion’ after she was discovered unconscious in her apartment in the South Korean capital. 

Hara, formerly of girl band Kara, had sparked a frenzy amongst her fans when she wrote, ‘Goodbye,’ on her Instagram.

Goo Hara attends the 3rd Edaily Culture Awards at Haeorum theater on February 19, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea

Goo Hara attends the 3rd Edaily Culture Awards at Haeorum theater on February 19, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea

RIP: Cha’s death comes just a week after K-pop singer Goo Hara, 28, was also found dead at her apartment in Seoul following a suicide attempt six months ago (pictured in 2016)

She was found unresponsive by the police at her apartment in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul just after midnight on May 30 and was sped to hospital.

‘I am sorry for causing concerns and a commotion,’ Hara told Sankei Sports days after her suicide attempt, ‘In terms of health, I am recovering … I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues.’

On October 14, Hara’s fellow K Pop star Sulli was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she sparked controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram.

Hara attends the photo call for 'Marc Jacobs' at Galleria Department Store on March 24, 2017 in Seoul

Hara attends the photo call for 'Marc Jacobs' at Galleria Department Store on March 24, 2017 in Seoul

 Tragedy: She was found unresponsive by the police at her apartment in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul just after midnight on May 30 and was sped to hospital (pictured 2017)

Sulli had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the ‘no-bra’ scandal after she repeatedly showed her nipples on social media. 

It is reported that the pop singer then suspended her music career due to the abuse she had received in conservative South Korea.

Sulli was found by her manager at her home and police said at the time they were working on the assumption that she may have committed suicide. 

Sulli’s death also echoes that of fellow K-pop star Jonghyun, who took his life in 2017 after battling with depression.  

Upset: On October 14, Hara's fellow K Pop star Sulli was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she sparked controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram

Upset: On October 14, Hara's fellow K Pop star Sulli was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she sparked controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram

Upset: On October 14, Hara’s fellow K Pop star Sulli was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Seoul, a month after she sparked controversy by accidentally revealing a nipple on Instagram 

In December 2017, Kim Jong-Hyun, of boy band Shinee, killed himself after suffering from depression.

In a final heartbreaking message the 27-year-old wrote: ‘I’m broken from the inside … The depression that has slowly eaten away at me has finally consumed me, and I couldn’t beat it.’

His death caused grief to millions of fans around the world and focused scrutiny on the Korean pop music industry.

Many K-pop stars face tremendous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called ‘fandoms’ – groups of well-organised admirers who spend enormous amounts of time and money to help their favoured stars climb up the charts and attack their perceived rivals.

Controversy: Sulli, 25, had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the 'no-bra' scandal after she repeatedly showed her nipples on social media

Controversy: Sulli, 25, had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the 'no-bra' scandal after she repeatedly showed her nipples on social media

Controversy: Sulli, 25, had previously suffered a huge amount of online abuse in what became known as the ‘no-bra’ scandal after she repeatedly showed her nipples on social media 

In return, the stars are expected to tread carefully in an industry where today’s most-fervent fans can be tomorrow’s most vicious critics if their idols fail to meet their expectations – or ‘betray’ them.

Drug use or drunken driving are seen as career-breakers, while behaviour that causes a ‘stir’ – anything from a social media gaffe to a failure to smile ceaselessly at public appearances – could be criticised for years. 

Many are constantly chased by paparazzi and camera-touting fans who share or sell every single detail and images of the stars’ daily lives online for public scrutiny.

Hard: K-Pop stars including Hara (pictured in 2015) face tremendous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called 'fandoms'

Hard: K-Pop stars including Hara (pictured in 2015) face tremendous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called 'fandoms'

 Hard: K-Pop stars including Hara (pictured in 2015) face tremendous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called ‘fandoms’

‘These ‘idols’ virtually live in a fishbowl and are pressed to put on a smiley, happy face while behaving nicely 24/7,’ said cultural commentator Kim Seong-Soo, adding the strain could ‘cripple them emotionally’.

Such challenges are common among celebrities around the world, he told AFP, but are amplified in the hyper-wired South, which has some of the world’s fastest internet speeds and highest smartphone usage, and a society where pressure to conform is high.

Taboos about mental illness dissuade many from seeking medical help, including public figures, he added. 

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or see samaritans.org for details.

Devastated: (pictured) A group of young girls are seen breaking down in tears at one of the many gatherings of fans paying their respects to Jong-Hyun after his death in December 2017

Devastated: (pictured) A group of young girls are seen breaking down in tears at one of the many gatherings of fans paying their respects to Jong-Hyun after his death in December 2017

Devastated: (pictured) A group of young girls are seen breaking down in tears at one of the many gatherings of fans paying their respects to Jong-Hyun after his death in December 2017

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