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U;Nee suicides

January 21st, 2007 . by Matt

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Just a couple of weeks after I posted this U;Nee music video, she has suicided.

Pop singer Yuni was found dead on Sunday after an apparent suicide at her home in Inchon City, west of Seoul, according to police.

Investigators presumed that Yuni, a 26-year-old actress-turned-singer, killed herself around noon, quoting her 71-year-old grandmother as stating that she found the body hanging from the bar of a closet with a white waistband around her neck.

The grandmother, identified as Lee, reported the case to police right after she found the body upon returning home from church.

Yuni’s mother told reporters at the mortuary that her daughter had been suffering from depression. “She was an introverted child, and it seems she has been hurt many times as she debuted at an early age,” she said.

The news struck her fans by surprise especially because Yuni was scheduled to release her third album today and to make a music video.

Shocking.


29 Responses to “U;Nee suicides”

  1. comment number 1 by: uhoooooo

    Sad.
    I, too, don’t want to live in this world. 🙁
    Too lonely, dreary a world.
    With no family, no loving one, with no warm memory;
    I’m fully exhausted.

  2. comment number 2 by: polysics

    dont kill yourself

  3. comment number 3 by: wiesunja

    If I had to live in Korea and my entire life was devoted to kow-towing to the superficial society’s demands and putting up with their hypocrisy, I can understand why poor Yuni did this.

  4. comment number 4 by: Errol

    The relevant paragraph is in the Chosun Ilbo.

    U;Nee, born to an un-wed mother, suffered a difficult childhood, she said in a KBS talk show in 2005.

    Every boyfriend she fell in love with jilted her because his mother said, “That girl has bad genes.”

    It’s a sad tale often heard in Korea.

  5. comment number 5 by: bad_moon_rising

    I’m sorry to hear Yuni has killed herself. Unfortunately, the trend in Korea is toward more suicides.

    South Korea’s suicide rate was the highest among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last year, a government report said Monday.

    According to the report compiled by the National Statistical Office (NSO), 26.1 out of every 100,000 South Koreans committed suicide last year, a sharp increase from 11.8 people in 1995.

    “The high suicide rate in South Korea seems to reflect a surge in social conflicts, including feuds between the sexes, economic hardship and domestic violence,” an NSO official said.

    See S. Korea has top suicide rate among OECD countries
    http://english.yna.co.kr/Engnews/20060918/640000000020060918135933E0.html

    You can see a graph steadily showing the increase in suicides at The Korea Times.
    See Korea’s Suicide Rate Highest in OECD in 2005
    http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200609/kt2006091817320510160.htm

    The statistics also showed suicide as the No. 4 cause of death in South Korea. Of 246,000 deaths last year, 12,047 cases were reported as suicides. The death rate translates into an average of 33 people a day taking their lives.

    It is also likely that Yuni’s suicide will encourage suicide clusters throughout Korea further contributing to even more suicides.

    The well-known suicide serves as a model, in the absence of protective factors, for the next suicide. This is referred to as suicide contagion 7. They occasionally spread through a school system, through a community, or in terms of a celebrity suicide wave, nationally. This is called a suicide cluster 7. Examples of celebrities whose suicides have inspired suicide clusters include the American musician Kurt Cobain and the Japanese musician Hide.

    See Copycat suicide
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copycat_suicide

  6. comment number 6 by: Travolta

    That’s very sad.

    We don’t know why she killed herself yet. I’m not trying to be an apologist for the bad aspects of Korea culture which I will readily agree with most posters here need major change. All I’m saying is we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and blame the culture. People kill themselves in every country every day and they have wildly different cultures. It could be the culture exactly that led to her death or it could be a multitude of other reasons. Perhaps she was abused as a teenager. Perhaps she was just depressed. We just don’t know and probably never will, but speculating and instantly blaming the culture only gives ammunition to the haters of this site.

    I’m not trying to pick on anyone nor am I defending the bad aspects of Korean culture. Just my two cents.

  7. comment number 7 by: uhoooooo

    In my observation, most Koreans are raised in an apartment with rigorous care from their parents. The result is the same to those of rat experiments. How’s the result when rats were heavily populated? there’s a stress, cancer and all kinds of bad things.
    When I was hurled into a city, ignorant of everything, I, who have a docile face, who have none to protect myself, was destined to the prey of Koreans who are well tempered to the city. When I was not in a city, my parents couldn’t educate me. they had no notion of education, no coherency in education, didn’t know how to love their children, had nothing.
    It’s Korean way, to tample on the feeble and to flatter to the strong.

  8. comment number 8 by: Ocebey

    Well like Travolta says it would be a bad idea to jump to conclusions. I remember a friend some years back who tried to explain to me Japanese society had no future because Japanese were supposedly alway commiting suicide. It struck me as beeing a flawed argument back then and wiesunja’s argument seems just as flawed to me…

  9. comment number 9 by: polysics

    Every boyfriend she fell in love with jilted her because his mother said, “That girl has bad genes.”

    korean pride yo!!!

  10. comment number 10 by: Katz

    korean pride yo!!!

    stfu

  11. comment number 11 by: Sonagi

    “Just a couple of weeks after I posted this U;Nee music video, she has suicided”

    When did you start speaking Konglish? ; ) Or do Ozzies use “suicide” as a verb?

  12. comment number 12 by: Matt

    When did you start speaking Konglish? ; ) Or do Ozzies use “suicide” as a verb?

    Yeah, I caught that after I posted and wondered if anyone would pick it up – trust a teacher to point it out. Perhaps it is acceptable in the vernacular? Consider me properly scolded.

  13. comment number 13 by: empraptor

    uho{6},

    It’s Korean way, to tample on the feeble and to flatter to the strong.

    Rat race. It’s the way of any society. It’s how most people get ahead.

    ——

    It’s sad that she would choose to die and at the prime of her life too.

  14. comment number 14 by: randomcow

    She’s kinda cute. Her father might have been a playboy but he had good genes.

    RC

  15. comment number 15 by: smackout

    Very weak way to go out, cant blame society for her own mental health issues…

  16. comment number 16 by: GarlicBreath

    Spot on smackout.

    The article dosn’t say how she died. Perhaps it was fan -death. I hear that a fan can kill you in Great Korea.

    ooooh

    It’s Korean way, to tample on the feeble and to flatter to the strong.

    yes. true.

  17. comment number 17 by: GetALife

    randomcow Said:

    January 22, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    She’s kinda cute. Her father might have been a playboy but he had good genes.

    RC

    Hah hah!!! you mean he father had lots of money to buy her the plastic surgery so she could become famous. Don’t worry, there are many women who look just like her (must have the same plastic surgeon.) the best part is that she is (was) Christian. guess she’s not going to heaven

  18. comment number 18 by: empraptor

    GarlicBreath,

    The article dosn’t say how she died. Perhaps it was fan -death. I hear that a fan can kill you in Great Korea.

    Read the article. Or even the part of the article Matt quoted.

    … she found the body hanging from the bar of a closet with a white waistband around her neck.

    I hope that’s enough to clue you in on how she died.

  19. comment number 19 by: Katz

    BTW, here is a Chinese person using her picture in his/her profile. Stupid person

    http://personals.japanprobe.com/public/home.jhtml

  20. comment number 20 by: polysics

    our great nation will crush those who appose us. all the weak, bad gene koreans should suicide!!! korean pry till I die 니가… 니가!! wha wha!! I’d hit it, at least she didn’t marry a black man. keep up the good posts mat! aussie love baby!

    please stop the hate, kthxbye

  21. comment number 21 by: surabaya johnny

    I can’t understand this aspect of the story: Why do it in a place where your Grandma finds your body? Presumably, she loved her Grandma. But if not, it makes sense.

    I like and agree with uhooooo’s comments above. It’s messed up.

  22. comment number 22 by: empraptor

    I have to assume polysics’s last comment here was intentionally nonsensical. Is it an allusion? Obviously, I don’t know what it’s referring to.

  23. comment number 23 by: Ocebey

    empraptor i think his whole post there is some kind of sarcastic joke aimed at the most biased among us.

  24. comment number 24 by: tomato

    empraptor i think his whole post there is some kind of sarcastic joke aimed at the most biased among us.

    As I remember, polysics is one of the pro-Korean guys. When one makes a comment like that, usually doesn’t help, does it? Just seems like one went wacko.

  25. comment number 25 by: GetALife

    hello?

  26. comment number 26 by: dogbert

    uhoooooo Said:

    January 22, 2007 at 3:52 am

    In my observation, most Koreans are raised in an apartment with rigorous care from their parents. The result is the same to those of rat experiments. How’s the result when rats were heavily populated? there’s a stress, cancer and all kinds of bad things.
    When I was hurled into a city, ignorant of everything, I, who have a docile face, who have none to protect myself, was destined to the prey of Koreans who are well tempered to the city. When I was not in a city, my parents couldn’t educate me. they had no notion of education, no coherency in education, didn’t know how to love their children, had nothing.
    It’s Korean way, to tample on the feeble and to flatter to the strong.

    Great points, uhoooooo

  27. comment number 27 by: hardyandtiny

    Was that a built-in closet?

  28. comment number 28 by: Callx3

    She wasn’t kill in built-in closet and people that say crap about korean people saying crap to U-nee or any other celebrity, you are the same.. Her dad being rich and giving her money for plastic surgery? I don’t think She never even saw her dad. and saying shes not going to heaven is just rediculious, Shes fregging not even in this world…
    And surabaya johnny thinks it’s messed up but you think it’s messed up because this story is not fully described. And even tho your not educated and haven’t been loved by your parents, she had many hard times that non of you know what it feels like.

    In my observation, most Koreans are raised in an apartment with rigorous care from their parents. The result is the same to those of rat experiments. How’s the result when rats were heavily populated? there’s a stress, cancer and all kinds of bad things.
    When I was hurled into a city, ignorant of everything, I, who have a docile face, who have none to protect myself, was destined to the prey of Koreans who are well tempered to the city. When I was not in a city, my parents couldn’t educate me. they had no notion of education, no coherency in education, didn’t know how to love their children, had nothing.
    It’s Korean way, to tample on the feeble and to flatter to the strong.

    you don’t know what it’s even like… you wernt born there..

    and she killed her self in a place where her grandma would see cause they lived in a same house and her grandma found her out when she came back from church on sunday…

    you all just didn’t see this story fully discribed.

  29. comment number 29 by: hardyandtiny

    so it was a stand-alone closet?