Photo: Lee Jihan

K-Pop Singer Lee Jihan Dies In South Korea Stampede

K-Pop singer and actor, Lee Jihan, was among those who died during Saturdays Halloween stampede in Seoul, South Korea. He was 24. 

On Sunday (10.30) the Korean star’s management companies 935 Entertainment and 9Ato Entertainment, confirmed the news in a statement reported by Entertainment Tonight:

“We are sad to deliver such news today, but Lee Jihan has passed away in the crush in Itaewon last night.” “We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, who are saddened by the sudden tragic news, also to everyone who loved him.”

Born on 3 August 1998, Jihan got his first break in the entertainment industry by competing in the second season of the Korean singing competition Produce 101, in which 101 K-pop hopefuls competed for a spot in an 11-member boy band. He subsequently moved into acting in 2019, starring in the Today Was Another Nam Hyun Day, television show.

More than 150 people were killed in the Itaewon crush, and at least 132 others are believed to have been injured, with 37 in critical condition. Concerned the death toll will rise even further, according to Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, those killed or injured were mostly teenagers and people in their 20s.

The Korean government has declared a national mourning period until 5 November and due to the tragedy, several K-pop music releases and events have been cancelled or postponed.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Lee Jihan