Content warning: The following text includes mention of depression and suicide.
On November 25th Im Soo-hyang's agency, FN Entertainment, announced that the actress would not be attending the 24th annual Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards, which were held that same day.
The official reason given for her abrupt cancelation was the death of Goo Ha-ra, which had been reported on November 24th.
Im Soo-hyang knew Goo Ha-ra personally, as the entertainers had met each other on the variety program 'Shaolin Clenched Fists' back in 2015. The variety show dealt with various celebrities undergoing martial arts training at a Shaolin Temple. Im Soo-hyang is only one of many celebrities who have canceled plans in the wake of Goo Ha-ra's death, which put much of the country in shock and despair, as the singer had apparently committed suicide owing to her extended battle with depression.
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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