Another star has fallen too soon. You will not be forgotten, Goo Hara.

Goo Hara

Goo Hara is now the second K-Pop idol in the past two months to take her own life, following her close friend Sulli. And we join those in mourning for her soul.

It was last Sunday evening (November 24) when she was found dead in her home in Cheongdam by her house helper at around 6 in the evening. And although no official details have been released about the cause of the 28-year-old’s death, the police have ruled out foul play. And that’s because they had found a handwritten note from her on a table in her living room.

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Remembering Goo Hara

Goo Hara

It was in 2007 that Goo Hara debuted as a member of the K-Pop girl group Kara. Under DSP media, she rose to fame by releasing hit singles like ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Mr.’, and ‘Step’. But sadly, KARA disbanded in 2016.

Although before her death Goo Hara had still signed on with a Japanese production company. And even managed to launch a solo mini-album just earlier this month called ‘Midnight Queen’.

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The events that lead to her suicide.

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It really is true that you don’t know what goes on inside a person’s head. After Sulli’s death, it was no secret that Goo Hara was heartbroken. She even had a live stream where she wished for Sulli to live, “as she pleases” in heaven. And where she pledged to “live twice more diligently” after Sulli’s death. After which she assured her fans by saying, “I will be fine. Don’t worry about me.”

We can never know exactly what drove her to the edge, but we do know the struggles she faced that ultimately led to her death. She was constantly criticized online for undergoing plastic surgery. And then the news broke of how her ex-boyfriend had been abusing her and blackmailing her with an alleged sex video of them.

So it’s important to remember that your words have an impact. And you don’t know how strongly your message will be received by someone, even if it’s only through a screen. Just remember, we don’t lose anything by choosing to be kind. In fact, you always have something to gain by choosing to be kind.

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In the end, all we can do is remember the people we’ve lost. And make sure that their sacrifice doesn’t go to waste. With their sacrifice, it is up to us to make sure that the world is a better place than the one they left behind. Because how many people have to take their own lives before we realize that the fault lies in the world and not in them? May your soul rest in peace, Goo Hara.

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