Seo Min-woo’s sudden death has shocked the K-pop community.
The lead singer the K-pop group 100%, Seo Min-woo, was found dead earlier today (Monday). The cause–death remains extremely suspicious, and appears tied to a drug overdose.
According to Top Media, his agency, Min-woo ficially died cardiac arrest at his home in the Gangnam district Seoul, South Korea. The first responders found him without any pulse and declared him dead.
Seo Min-woo was 33, and was not known to be struggling with health issues prior to his death. Indeed, ‘cardiac arrest’ is ten a cause–death tied to overdoses for younger people, either as a direct result drug abuse or an intentional cover-up.
Top Media released this (translated) statement in their website:
“His family, the 100% members, and the TOP Media artists and staff members are all grief-stricken and in mourning from the unexpected, sad news.”
Min-woo also dabbled in acting. He had a cameo in KBS2’s drama, ‘Marriage Clinic: Love and War 2’. He also appeared on the 2017 Korean television reality series, ‘The Unit’.
Just last month, Seo Min-woo was featured on 100%’s Japanese release ‘Song For You’.
The death is sudden, but not entirely surprising for the high-pressure world K-pop.
Underneath K-pop’s surge in popularity is a grueling dark side, one that features non-stop practice, endless fan pressure, and little downtime. Last December, Kim Jonghyun the K-pop group SHINee committed suicide, likely a reaction to those extreme pressures.
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Sadly, Min-woo’s death is unlikely to halt a K-pop pressure-cooker that is — literally — killing its superstars. Indeed, the dog-eat-dog K-pop genre features hundreds hyper-competitive groups, all vying to attain the status the Min-woo once craved.
Just be careful what you wish for.
Meanwhile, 100% was set to conquer Japan this coming April. The group’s agency has yet to confirm if the concerts will be cancelled.