K-pop star Cha In Ha found dead aged 27

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK

K-pop star Cha In Ha has been found dead at the age of 27.

The South Korean actor’s agency Fantagio has confirmed his body was found on 3 December.

According to K-pop culture website soompi.com, Fantagio said in a statement: "We feel devastated to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news.

K-pop star Cha In Ha has been found dead (Instagram/chainha_715)

"On December 3, actor Cha In Ha left our sides. We are truly heartbroken to deliver sad news to everyone who has sent lots of love and support to Cha In Ha until now.

"We are filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe.

"We earnestly ask for rumours to not be spread and for speculative reports to not be released in order for his family, who is experiencing greater sadness more than anyone due to the sudden sad news, to send him away peacefully.”

Cha In Ha was a film and TV actor (Instagram/chainha_715)

Cha made his acting debut in 2017 short film You, Deep Inside of Me. He went on to star in web drama Miss Independent Jieun 2 as well as TV shows Degree of Love and The Banker.

His latest project, drama Love With Flaws, premiered on 27 November. 

Cha In Ha made his acting debut in 2017 (Instagram/chainha_715)

Ha is the third K-pop star to be found dead in the last three months. South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead aged 25 in October, shortly after leaving a note that hinted she had been suffering from depression. 

Last month, 27-year-old K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul. Police reported she left “pessimistic” note on her living room table.

Stars of the K-pop industry experience meteoric rises to fame, but also extreme pressures and harsh criticism from their own fans on social media.

Read more: K-pop star Sulli found dead at her home aged 25

Sulli had openly discussed facing cyberbullying and mental health struggles in an interview shortly before her death, saying that she had been "lying to everyone by pretending to be happy”.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, South Korea has consistently had one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries, prompting its government to take steps to tackle the issue.