Family, fans, and friends from the industry paid their final respects to K-pop star and actress Sulli on Thursday as they take her coffin for burial.
The entire Korea was shaken up following the breaking news on Monday that Sulli, whose real name was Choi Jin Ri, was found dead at her residence in Seongnam, Seoul.
Prior to her death, the 25-year-old star was said to suffer from severe depression.
Days after the funeral and mourning ceremony, people close to Sulli left at a Seoul hospital to bring her body to her final resting place.
The media, however, were not permitted to take coverage of the procession, but people have seen Sulli’s family and fellow stars to be heartbroken with what happened.
Some of her closest friends from the industry took to social media their mourning, one of them is Goo Ha Ra, ex-member of K-pop girl group Kara.
On Tuesday, Goo posted images of her with Sulli on Instagram with captions, “Jin-ri (will be able to) to do as she wishes in the world over there.”
A lot of artists, including Amber Liu, SuperM, Super Junior, SF9 star Young, BTOB’s Im Hyunsik, and GOT7, have postponed their music promotions and activities to respect their colleague’s death.
In 2005, Sulli started as a child actress and eventually debuted as a member of K-pop girl group f(x) in 2009.
She went through cyber bullying within years after rumors spread that she was dating Choiza of the Dynamic Duo in 2013.
The two admitted their relationship in 2014, the same time when Sulli took a break from showbiz industry for suffering from mental distress from cyber bullying.
She returned in 2015 and officially left her group f(x) to focus on acting. By that time, Sulli broke up with Choiza.
Critics continued to attack her with hate comments after she posted an image of her not wearing a bra, advocating for the ‘no bra’ movement. Despite that, she remained firm with what she believed in.
Sulli’s death spurred talks of action regarding mental health and cyber bullying artists and people as a whole.
In fact, a concerned citizen posted an online petition to the Presidential office’s official website, calling for a “Choi Jin Ri law” which will require people to comment online using their legal names.