Lee Ji-han, a 24-year-old talented young K-pop singer and actor, was among the more than 150 lives lost in the Seoul crowd crush in the city’s Itaewon district on Oct. 29; the tragic incident has now been termed one of South Korea’s fatal peacetime accidents.
Lee’s manager, 935 Entertainment, validated the news via social media. “We are sad to convey such news today, but Lee Ji-han killed in the Itaewon crush last night,” the translated statement says. They then convey their condolences to his family and fans.
“Our favourite actor Lee has left us,” the agency released a statement. “He was a kind and big hearted person, and we remember him smiling to everyone he met; it’s shocking that we can’t see that anymore.”
Lee made his acting debut in the 2019 web drama “Today Was Another Nam Hyun Day” after competing in the second season of the Korean singing competition “Produce 101.”
Lee was among the millions of people who gathered to celebrate Halloween in the Itaewon district over the weekend, where over 150 individuals lost their lives and 133 were hospitalized during a fatal crowd surge in an 11-foot-wide back alley. Immediately after the incident, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a national mourning period that will last until Saturday.
So many K-pop acts and agencies have teamed up to stop future releases and events, which include Hybe (the major label and management house behind BTS, Tomorrow X Together, Seventeen, and others), which has delayed its 2022 “Hybe Briefing With the Community” convention, which was originally planned for Nov. 4.
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