Followed by a pandemic in 2020, the year 2021 was filled with a lot of events. From new k-drama releases to K-pop idols making their debuts. Former girlfriends of some actors calling them out for abandoning them to careers coming to an end because of dating scandals. Things have been crazy in the South Korean Entertainment industry this year. While these things could’ve been avoided, there is something that is inevitable. Along with some progress, we have also lost many Korean celebrities this year. From old to young, here is a list of Korean Celebrities Who Passed Away In 2021.
While death is inevitable, many of the causes behind the deaths of Korean celebrities in 2021 has a common reason. While the older personalities have died majorly from diseases or old age. Many younger and rising stars have died because of challenging mental health issues, because of the politics in the entrainment industry, followed by cyberbullying, harassment, and the lack of attention to one’s sanity. The covid-19 pandemic has been the cherry on the top to ruin everyone’s mental health.
Song Yoo Jung
One of the saddest death in Korean celebrities who passed away In 2021 is Song Yoo Jung. The South Korean actress was found dead at her house on January 23, 2021. In her mid-20s, Yoo Jung was 26 years old and had a promising acting career ahead of her. The cause of her death wasn’t confirmed, but later on, it was ruled out as suicide. Making her debut in the industry as a cosmetics brand model, Yoo Jung became an actor in 2013. She landed a supporting role in the romantic drama Golden Rainbow on MBC. Impressed by her acting skills, she went on to take the lead role in another MBC drama, ‘Make A Wish’ and ‘School 2017’. She was signed with Sublime Artist Agency and was ready for the next step in her career with the growing popularity.
Known as one of the most controversial stars in the K-pop industry, Iron was found unconscious in his bed. The late rapper was found by the security guards on January 25, 2021, as he bled to death. And the cause of the death has been ruled out as suicide. Popular by his stage name ‘Iron’, Chung Heon Chul appeared on the reality TV show ‘Show Me The Money’ in 2014 and became a runner-up. He even went on to feature in Jimin of AOA’s solo track Puss. Before becoming a popular rapper, he was a trainee under Big Hit Entertainment and even had a plan to debut with BTS’s Rap Monster himself.
The famous life wasn’t easy for Iron as he was in a lot of trouble. Along with an eight-month suspended prison sentence in 2018 for punching his girlfriend. He was even sent to jail in December 2020 for assaulting his 18-year-old roommate with a baseball bat.
Kim Bo Kyung
After an 11-year-old battle with cancer, actress Kim Bo Kyung passed away on February 2, 2021. The media outlet Dispatch went on to confirm the news on February 5, 2021. The actress was 44 years old and had been suffering from liver cancer since 2010. Making her debut in 1995 with the drama School 4 of the School series., she went on to star alongside Yeo Wook Han, Won Sang Yeon, Lim Soo Jung, and Baek Sung Woo. Some of the famous works include movies like “RU Ready?”, “Sword in the Moon,” “My Little Bride,” “Blue Sky,” “Epitaph,” “Paju,” and “The Day He Arrives.”
One of the most popular actresses in South Korea, Lee Jieun, was found dead at her home in Seoul on March 8. According to the reports, she was 52 years old. And one of her friends had to call the police to check on her as the former actress wasn’t reachable. The cause of her death has not been revealed. The actress debuted as a model in 1994 and even won the rookie of the year prize at the 16th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Known for her notable role in the 1995 K-drama A Place In The Sun, the actress took a break from acting after her marriage in the year 2000. And as her son was off to the military enlistment, the actress was living on her own. After her husband’s business failed, she ended up becoming the breadwinner for the family and used to run a children’s salon.
The South Korean rocker J. Yoon was found dead at his home in Seoul on May 13, 2021. As the late singer was not picking up the calls, one of his friends sent the police to check on him on May 14. And the police found J. Yoon unconscious in the house. After all the investigation, the police found out that there was no foul play and the singer might’ve committed suicide. His agency 325 E&C released a note revealing that the actor was 39 years old and is no more. Joining the band in 2000, J. Yoon was the MC The Max’s lead singer. The band, originally known as Moon Child and had even released a recent album named “Ceremonia”.
The veteran actress Kim Min Kyung was pronounced dead on August 16, 2021. She was 60 years old. The cause of her death hasn’t been revealed to the public as the family has requested some privacy. The late actress had an acting career span of over 40 years. Making her debut in 1979, and the late actress has appeared in numerous shows, films, and dramas. She was best known for playing the role of a compassionate mother in many globally hit movies and Korean dramas. Kim Min Kyung also appeared in the 2021 movie “Spiritwalker,” staring alongside Yoon Kye Sang, Park Yong Woo, Im Ji Yeon, Yoo Seung Mok, Park Ji Hwan, and more.
Jo Ha Na
Another saddest death in Korean celebrities who passed away In 2021 was Jo Ha Na. The news about the death of the aspiring actress Jo Ha Na shocked everyone in the country. The 23-year-old actress committed suicide after she lost 2 million won after getting scammed by voice phishing. Dreaming of becoming an actress one day, Ha Na had been working at a club to support her mother. Because of her parent’s divorce when she was a kid, the late actress was without a birth certificate for 19 years. After being able to issue a birth certificate, she took the GED exam by herself. After her new career suffered a major fall because of the covid-19 pandemic, the late actor took her career to Youtube. But having no light in life and getting scammed, the actress ended up taking her life.
The comedian and musician Kim Chul Min passed away at the age of 54 on December 16, 2021. He was at the Korea Cancer Center Hospital hospice ward. The late artist was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and had been sharing his treatment journey for the past two years on social media. Leaving a final farewell message on social media, Kim Chul Min thanked everybody, telling his fans that he was happy in the end. Making his debut as a comedian in 1994 with MBC, Kim Chul Min has received a lot of love as a busking musician on Daehak-ro in the 1980s.
The indie singer Kim Doma was found dead on March 19, 2021. She was the part of the indie band DOMA and was 28 years old when she died. The news of her death was revealed by fellow bandmate Geonu through an Instagram post.
The cause of Kim Doma’s death has not been revealed to the public. But the netizens were shocked as the Korean celebrities passed away In 2021 as the singer was active five days before she died as she even posted a video of her new album. The late singer made her debut in 2015 and went on to release an album in 2017.