100% Singer Seo Min-woo Found Dead after Suspected Drug Overdose

Seo Min-woo’s sudden death has shocked the K-pop community.

The lead singer of the K-pop group 100%, Seo Min-woo, was found dead earlier today (Monday).  The cause-of-death remains extremely suspicious, and appears tied to a drug overdose.

According to Top Media, his agency, Min-woo officially died of cardiac arrest at his home in the Gangnam district of 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 often a cause-of-death tied to overdoses for younger people, either as a direct result of 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 of ‘Song For You’.

The death is sudden, but not entirely surprising for the high-pressure world of 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 of the K-pop group SHINee committed suicide, likely a reaction to those extreme pressures.

+ After SHINee’s Singer Committed Suicide, the Group Kept Touring — With an Empty Mic Stand on Stage

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 of 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.

 


 

 

 

15 Responses

  1. Ljangg99

    Sorry but what the fuck. You make an article like that to get attention. Drug overdose? Why you wrote that when you know that’s a lie. Getting readers is that important for you? Someone died, and all you do is writing this unrespectul thing.

  2. anon

    Your assumption about his cause of death is extremely disrespectful to put as a headline. Shameful.

  3. nokcha

    Please delete this article. It’s extremly disrespectful.

  4. JC

    Why would you write an article like this and base the title on nothing but a personal opinion/assumption? That’s not how good journalism is done. Don’t spread rumors just for the sake of getting clicks. That really is a dick move let alone disrespectful to abuse someone’s death like that for your own benefit. If you’re not a total douchebag you’ll delete this so-called article.

  5. A

    You already wrote a very disrespectful article when Jonghyun passed away and now you do it again with Minwoo?! Seriously, many news outlets are reporting the facts accurately and sending condolences, but you are the only one that is spreading rumours and making this all about “the high-pressure world of K-pop”. As stated by others above, please delete this article. You are doing nothing but making personal assumptions and hurting the readers who actually care about Minwoo.

  6. YuggieMcTrash

    This is so disrespectful, please delete this article. It’s even are sourced on Wikipedia, but there’s currently no proof that he passed away from an overdose. & to be honest, in his most recent live broadcast before his death, he openly talked about going to the doctors over feeling something was off, while touching his chest during his explanations, but was dismissed as nothing to be wrong & was told to just sleep it off & continue to eat healthy.
    So it is very feasible that it could have be been a heart attack or some kind of health problems leading up to cardiac arrest. Just because he was young doesn’t mean that it has to be drugs. So please think before throwing out nothing but meaningless speculations. It’s very hurtful to his family, friends, & fans who cared a lot about him.

  7. Mina

    It’s ironic that American people write an article saying that K-Pop is tainted and assumpting out of nowhere that this young man died of a drug overdose, when you know that almost all of Hollywood actors/actresses are drug addicts. There have been proportionally many more drug overdoses in the US entertainment industry than in K-Pop in the last 15 years, so give us a break with your “analysis”.

  8. Anonymous

    Sorry but how rude can you actually get? Just be careful what you wish for? Be careful about what you wish for. Disrespectful as hell mate. Learn how to write non biased articles that doesn’t disrespect someone.

  9. Anonymous

    Drug overdose doesn’t always mean hard drugs intake, could be nor

  10. Anonymous

    Drug overdose doesn’t always mean hard drugs intake, could be excess intake of any drug mild or harmful, just analysing, so… maybe that was how he chose to end it(following the news that artists that died had pressures from their industry or entertainment generally as a probable reason they choose to die, so he might not have been totally wrong) if it was a suicide that might have been his meth

  11. Anonymous

    Drug overdose doesn’t always mean hard drugs intake, could be excess intake of any drug mild or harmful, just analysing, so… if as he claims, that it appears to be drug overdose, I’m just viewing that it might be his method to end it (following the news that artists that died had pressures from their industry or entertainment generally asa probable reason

  12. Gracie

    Drug overdose doesn’t always mean hard drugs intake, could be excess intake of any drug mild or harmful, just analysing, so… if as he claims, that it appears to be drug overdose, I’m just viewing that it might be his method(taking excess drugs)to end it if it was the pressures he had to deal with maybe, maybe not(following the news that most artists that died had pressures from their industry or entertainment generally as a probable reason for their death as an ex-trainee once explained, so he might not have been totally wrong, I mean the one who wrote the article), the actual reason could be anything or nothing but a cardiac arrest. But it is sad he left soon.

  13. Anon

    Cunt! You know for a fact this is a lie, and you still publish it? What a shameful writer.