As a member of the group ASTRO, K-pop artist Moonbin passed away. According to reports, the singer/actor was discovered dead on Wednesday at his residence in Seoul, South Korea. He was 25.
The Fantagio Group, the record company for his band, sent a statement on social media confirming Moonbin’s untimely passing.
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The statement stated that “on April 19, ASTRO member Moonbin abruptly left us and became a light in the sky,” and that Moonbin’s bandmates and family are “truly mourning the departed in such tremendous sadness and astonishment…The fans were always cherished and had a special place in the deceased’s heart.
In the absence of an autopsy, the cause of death has not been determined. In their statement, the Fantagio Group and the artist’s family pleaded with the public to “refrain from speculative and malicious reports.” Online rumors about Moonbin’s suicide were widespread, and they were stoked by a local police statement that was broadcast in South Korean media. As of the time of publication, USA TODAY was unable to validate the assertion made by the local government.
ASTRO is well-known in the K-pop scene and was voted one of the top new K-pop artists by Billboard in 2016, the same year the group released its first EP, “Spring Up.”
In 2022, they published “Drive to the Starry Road,” their most recent studio album. The World Digital Songs list of Billboard include songs like “Breathless,” “After Midnight,” and “One.”
The South Korean TV series “At Eighteen” and the online drama “The Mermaid Prince” both featured roles in Moonbin’s acting career.
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Alongside groupmate Yoon San-ha, he was a member of the offshoot duo Moonbin & Sanha. Since 2000, the sub-unit has issued three EPs. “Madness,” from their “Incense” release, most recently reached the Korean charts.
MJ, JinJin, Cha Eun-woo, and San-ha are more ASTRO members. Rocky, a member, left the group earlier this year.
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