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.
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.