On November 27th Goo Ha-ra's older brother posted some Kakao messages he had exchanged with the late performer. He also explained the origin of the starlet's name, saying that it was a reference to Matthew 7:7- ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Specifically, it would seem that Goo Ha-ra was named after the middle section. 'Seek and you will find', with Goo Ha-ra's full name in Korean literally being a command, telling someone to find something. Childhood and personal photos of Goo Ha-ra are also included in the post.
The date of the conversation is not clear, but Goo Ha-ra's brother exhorts her not to think negative thoughts and to take care of her health. He writes that he wants to see her get married and have a child and live a long life, telling her that he loves her. Goo Ha-ra writes that she loves him too and he shouldn't worry. He expresses more concern, mentioning that he's sad, but tells Goo Ha-ra to eat well in Japan.
Goo Ha-ra died on November 24th from an apparent suicide. A private ceremony was held for her on November 27th at the Sky Castle Memorial Park in Seongnam.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, please check this international list of suicide prevention crisis centers for your local branch. If your country is not on the list, please call your local emergency services.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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