Renowned South Korean celebrity Sulli was found dead at her home on Monday, the police said.
Sulli’s manager, after being unable to reach on the phone, arrived at her home on the outskirts of the capital, Seoul, where he found her dead.
While the actual cause of her death is still a mystery, police believe it could be a suicide case.
According to the police, the 25-year-old had long been suffering from severe depression, mostly due to online bullying.
Sulli, whose real name was Choi Jin-ri debuted in f(x), a top South Korean girls’ pop group, in 2009 and soon became a world-renowned personality.
She attracted abusive online comments for being outspoken and taking a stand for women’s rights in South Korea.
Struggling with continuous cyber-bullying, she dropped her pop career in 2014 and left the group a year later to focus on TV projects.
However, she remained active on social media, where she kept raising her voice for women’s rights. Sulli recently hosted a TV series where guest celebrities shared their experiences with online abuse.
Her fans are still in shock over her sudden death, pouring condolences on her Instagram account.
“I always adored and respected you for your boldness. All I can say is rest in peace,” a fan commented on Sulli’s Instagram account.
“In heaven, you don’t have to act strong or pretend everything is okay,” another fan said. “I hope you will only think about yourself there.”
Note that South Korea has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. According to a recent report, suicide is among the top ten causes of death for people under 40.
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