Choi Sung-bong a famous Korean singer who gained notoriety after finishing second on Korea’s Got Talent, committed suἰcide according to Seoul police on Wednesday. He was 33.
Police discovered Choi deἀd at his house in the Yeoksam-dong neighborhood of southern Seoul at 9:41 a.m. on Tuesday (20 June), according to the South Korean wire service Yonthap, which broke the news first.
Choi, who came from a low-income family, left music school because he couldn’t pay the tuition. His big break came in 2011, after years of supporting himself by working as a day laborer, when he was given a slot on Korea’s Got Talent, which was aired on tvN.
Choi impressed the judges of the competition with his operatic rendition of “Nella Fantasia” by Ennio Morricone, and he went on to the finals where he almost lost out on first place by 280 votes.
After signing a record deal with the Korean label Bong Bong Company, Choi wrote a best-selling autobiography chronicling his rise from a life of poverty to internet fame. But in 2021, after he began a public fundraising effort and claimed to be battling numerous cἀncers, his career began to head in the direction of notoriety. Later it was discovered that the episode was fake.
According to Yonhap, the circumstances at Choi’s home when his deἀth was found and a note he sent to his YouTube channel earlier in the week led Seoul police to the conclusion that Choi committed suἰcide.
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Trigger warning: Suicide
South Korean opera singer Choi Sung-bong, who came second on the talent show ‘Korea’s Got Talent’ in 2011, died in an apparent suicide, according to Yonhap News Agency. https://t.co/tqNnLHeDVs
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 22, 2023
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Deἀth and Obituary in the Suἰcide Case of Choi Sung Bong
The music business is in grief over the passing of 33-year-old South Korean singer Choi Sung-bong, who was found deἀd from an apparent suἰcide. On Tuesday morning, the police discovered him at his home in Seoul. Sung-bong’s operatic rendition of Ennio Morricone’s Nella Fantasia from Korea’s Got Talent in 2011 earned over 21 million views on YouTube and launched his career. Later, he agreed to a recording contract with Bong Bong Company.
He was found out to be faking cἀncer and asking followers for donations, which he eventually apologized for. His funeral arrangements have not yet been made public, but his family and close friends will be there. The musical world remembers him for his stirring performances and laments the passing of a gifted musician. We will update this page as soon as we got the latest information about Choi Sung Bong’s obituary.
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