The unsaid truth about Yohan, Yohan’s passing in June 2020 is one of many deaths in the K-pop scene. In December 2019, singer Cha In Ha died unexpectedly at the age of 27, According to The Guardian. The cause of death, like Yohan’s, was kept private. Earlier in 2019, “girl-group singers and actors” Goo Hara (pictured above) and Sulli died of suicide after experiencing harrowing online bullying.
Meanwhile, according to The Guardian, Kim Jong-hyun, a popular band member of the group SHINee, also died by suicide. Earlier, in 2015, “girl-group hopeful Ahn So-jin” passed away when she “fell from the 10th story of a building.”
As for the K-pop world itself, the Daily Mail described the rigid expectation put on these stars in candid detail. “K-pop companies are notorious for being extremely strict, with young performers, known as idols, usually banned from dating or owning a mobile phone,” the outlet stated. “They also work long hours, spending hours each day performing or rehearsing, often on little sleep.”
Yohan first came on the scene in 2013, according to The Guardian, when he joined NOM (No Other Man). When that group broke up, he then joined TST and was a member up until he passed away.
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