K-pop star Hara found dead at home at the age of 28

Danny Thompson

K-pop star Goo Ha-ra has been found dead at her home at the age of 28.

The singer, known professionally as Hara, was member of the girl group Kara between 2008 and 2015, and had enjoyed success since going solo. She also worked as an actress on Korean and Japanese TV.

The news of her death broke after a statement was released by Gangnam Police Department.

It read: “We received a report on November 24, 6:30 pm KST about a death.

Hara attends a fashion industry photo-call in October 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

“We are currently investigating the cause.”

The BBC’s Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker took to Twitter to confirm the news.

She posted: “The South Korean celebrity Goo Ha-ra, a former member of popular K-pop girl group Kara has been found dead at her home. The 28-year-old was found dead around 6pm. We are awaiting more details. So sad.”

Earlier this year, Hara concerned fans with messages posted on social media.

One read: “Acting as if I am not tired, when I am, acting as if I am not in pain, when I am.”

(L-R) Youngji, Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara of K-pop girl group Kara in 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

Another said: “After living all those years with suppression, I look fine on the outside, but it feels as if I am starting to break into pieces inside.”

The singer was rushed to hospital in May this year after attempting suicide.

The news of Hara’s death comes just over a month after the death of fellow K-pop star Choi Jin-ri, who was known by her stage name Sulli, and was formerly a member of the girl band f(x).

Sulli was reportedly found dead at her home in Seongnam by her manager at the age of 25.

There was no sign of a break-in or foul play and police were investigating the death as a possible suicide.