Ahn Sojin’s suicide just one month after DSP Media ended the 22-year-old South Korean K-pop singer’s contract is shocking fans. Sojin was an aspiring singer whose hopes and dreams to become a famous K-pop star ended with a jump from her 10-story apartment in South Korea’s Daedeok District, reports SBS PopAsia on Feb. 25.
Sojin was found Tuesday afternoon in the garden of her 10-story apartment complex in Daegu. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to revive her.
According to Daeduk police, there was no evidence of foul play found at the scene, and Sojin’s death has been ruled a suicide.
Sojin’s friends report that the singer had been suffering from depression. However, police did not find a suicide note and have asked the public to refrain from any speculations as to why the 22-year-old decided to end her life. “A suicide note was not found so we would like to ask people to refrain from exaggerated reports as well as guess work.”
Sojin was one of seven “Kara Project” contestants hoping to become a member of the famous girl group Kara. In early 2014, two members of the group had left and the search to replace them turned into a reality competition show. The South Korean television program made Sojin famous, but DSP Media ended their contract with the hopeful last January.
“So Jin was one of many hopeful K-pop stars who sign with a Korean label to train and one day debut in a group or as a soloist. She was one of these ‘trainees’ for five years under DSP Media, who houses Kara along with Rainbow and A-Jax, but left the company approximately a month ago.”
Among the many heartbreaking comments written on Twitter’s #RIPSojin, one fan writes the following:
“She sacrificed 5 years of her teenage life hoping that she could achieve her dream to be an idol. #RIPSojin we missU.”
Another fan wrote the following in regard to depression:
“If you’re dealing w depression please don’t keep it to yourself, talk to someone about it and surround yourself with positive ppl #RIPSojin”
After her contract with DSP Media was not renewed in January, the 22-year-old returned back home to Daegu. DSP Media issued a statement to the press expressing the company’s sympathy:
“We suddenly heard of this unfortunate news today. It is so unfortunate. We will do everything we can to help her family.”
Following Sojin’s suicide, her family is struggling with the loss but has decided not to have an autopsy performed. “The family of the deceased are having a very difficult time, they want to send her off peacefully so there will not be any autopsy,” stated the police.
According to a Billboard report, DSP Media has announced a new girl group named April which most likely would have included Sojin as a member later this year. Unfortunately, Sojin’s suicide ended not only her own hopes and dreams but also those of her fans. As one Twitter fan wrote under #RIPSojin,
“when your idols leave group
u still have a chance to meet them
when your idols died
they will never comeback :(“