Not long after the untimely passing of Moonbin, a former member of the renowned South Korean boyband Astro, at the tender age of 25, the K-pop world was struck with another heart-wrenching blow.

On May 12, 2023, the lifeless body of South Korean singer Kim Ara, known by her stage name Haesoo, was discovered in her hotel room along with a poignant suicide note.

This devastating news spread rapidly across the internet, shocking fans and the industry.

The mysterious passing of Haesoo

K-pop idol Haesoo Passes Away at 29

The South Korean news outlet YTN later confirmed that the 29-year-old artist was indeed the beloved trot singer Haesoo. 

While a suicide note was recovered from her hotel room, its contents were not disclosed by the South Korean police. 

They promptly ruled out any suspicions of foul play, firmly asserting that this was a self-inflicted tragedy. 

Haesoo, a Korean National University of Arts graduate, initially pursued a bachelor’s degree in Pansori before discovering her passion for the Trot, a quintessential South Korean music genre inspired by the iconic Joo Hyun Mi.

Haesoo’s journey in the world of Trot

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Debuting in 2019 with her album “My Life Me,” Haesoo quickly ascended to stardom.

 Her appearances on shows like Gayo Stage, Hangout with Yoo, and various trot showcases garnered high praise for her exceptional vocal talents. 

Her impact on the genre was profound, solidifying her status as a celebrated figure in South Korean music.

The circumstances surrounding Haesoo’s passing remain mysterious as the police continue their thorough investigation. 

While they have ruled out homicide or murder, speculation abounds. 

Reports suggest that the pressure of the industry and the weight of fan expectations may have contributed to Haesoo’s struggles with depression and stress. 

Rumors have circulated regarding disputes with her former agency over contractual matters and payments. 

The precise catalyst for her tragic decision remains elusive, underscoring the complexity of mental health issues within the entertainment industry.

Haesoo’s legacy lives on

The loss of Haesoo has left a void in the hearts of her devoted fans, family, and close friends. 

An outpouring of grief has swept through the internet, a testament to her profound impact on those who admired her work.

In a private ceremony, Haesoo’s loved ones bid their final farewells, cherishing the memory of the talented artist who left an indelible mark on South Korea’s music scene.

Scheduled to perform at the Gwanjumyeon People’s Day event on May 20 in Wanju Gun, Haesoo’s sudden departure has left a palpable void in the event’s lineup. 

Her absence serves as a poignant reminder of K-pop artists’ challenges in their demanding and competitive industry.

In the wake of these tragic losses, the K-pop community is prompted to reflect on the demanding nature of the industry and the toll it can take on the mental well-being of its artists. 

Haesoo’s untimely passing serves as a somber reminder of the need for greater support and understanding for those navigating the often unforgiving world of K-pop.

Riparna Mukherjee

I am Riparna Mukherjee, I graduated from Techno Main Salt Lake this year. I am a major in Mass communication. I really enjoy writing besides I am a Kpop and Kdrama freak. I am always open to learning hence I am looking forward to learn new things from this job.


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