K-pop star Sulli found dead at her home aged 25

Amy Johnson
·2 min read

South Korean pop star and actress Sulli has been found dead by her manager at her home south of Seoul at the age of 25.

A report by Yonhap news agency said Sulli was found on Monday afternoon and that police have said there were no signs of foul play at her home in Seongnam, in the Gyeonggi province of the country.

The police are investigating the cause of the star's death, working on the assumption she may have taken her own life, reports the BBC.

The artist, whose legal name was Choi Jin-ri, was formerly a member of the K-pop girl band f(x).

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 20:  Sulli of f(x) poses for photographs during the DECKE flagship store opening event on March 20, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.  (Photo by Choi Soo-Young/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
Sulli at Decke flagship store opening event in 2014 in Seoul. (Choi Soo-Young/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)

She took a hiatus from the group in 2014 after allegedly receiving online abuse, before moving on to pursue a career in acting.

Sulli resumed her music career back in 2018 when she featured on South Korean artist Dean's single Dayfly. She then went on to make her solo debut this year with the single Goblin.

Read more: Sir Elton John brands Michael Jackson 'a disturbing person to be around'

f(x), a five-piece band made up of Sulli, Victoria, Amber, Luna and Krystal, made their debut in 2009.

Their second album, Pink Tape, made while Sulli was still a part of the group, received international acclaim.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Victoria Song, Amber Liu, Krystal Jung, Sulli and Luna from girl group F(x) arrive to KCON 2013 convention for K-Pop fans - Day 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on August 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Keipher McKennie/WireImage)
f(x) arrive at KCON 2013, a convention for K-Pop fans in Los Angeles, California. (Keipher McKennie/WireImage)

It peaked at the No 1 spot on Billboard's World Albums Chart as well as South Korea's Gaon Weekly Album Chart.

Sulli was a close friend of another K-pop icon, Jonghyun, who took his own life in 2017.

She had previously opened up about her struggles with anxiety on her 2018 reality programme Jinri Store.

14 November 2017 - Seoul, South Korea : South Korean singer and actress Sulli, member of former K-Pop girl group F(x), attend a photo call for the Spanish Fashion brand 'LOEWE Seoul 2018 S/S Ready-to-Wear' collection preview party in Seoul, South Korea on November 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Lee Young-ho
Sulli attends a photo call for Loewe in 2017. (Lee Young-ho)

The artist shared: "Social phobia, panic disorder... I’ve had panic disorder ever since I was young.

"There were times when close people… Some of my closest friends have left me. People hurt me, so everything fell apart. I didn’t feel like I had anyone on my side or anyone who could understand me. So that’s why I completely fell apart."

With reporting by PA.

For confidential emotional support at times of distress, contact The Samaritans at any time by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org.