Lee Jihan, Okay-Pop singer and actor, useless in South Korea crowd crush – Nationwide

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A South Korean singer and actor is among the many greater than 150 individuals useless after a crowd surge throughout Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea.

Lee Jihan was celebrating Halloween within the Itaewon neighbourhood on Saturday when chaos ensued on the intensely overcrowded streets, inflicting a crowd crush. He was 24 years previous.

Lee Jihan, who was killed throughout a crowd surge in Seoul on Oct. 29, 2022.

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The group surge which killed greater than 153 individuals, together with 26 foreigners as of Monday morning — is the worst catastrophe in South Korea’s current historical past.

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Lee’s businesses, 935 Leisure and 9Ato Leisure, each confirmed the star’s dying in a public assertion. With plain textual content on a black background, the assertion, which is in Korean, learn: “We’re unhappy to ship such information at present, however Lee Jihan has handed away within the crush in Itaewon final night time.”

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“We wish to categorical our deepest condolences to his household, who’re saddened by the sudden tragic information, additionally to everybody who beloved him,” the assertion continued.

Lee’s company additionally stated he was “a candy and heat pal to all” who had a “vivid smile” and “ardour for performing.”

Lee rose to reputation after he appeared as a contestant on the Korean TV program Produce 101, a singing competitors the place hopefuls battled for one in all 11 spots in a brand new Korean boyband. He auditioned with a canopy of EXO’s Overdose.

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He additionally carried out INFINITE’s Be Mine alongside a number of different opponents on Produce 101. 

Although Lee didn’t win the competitors, he garnered a substantial fanbase after the present.

Lee later used his new reputation to earn an performing position within the Okay-Drama Right now Was One other Namhyun Day.

Saturday’s catastrophe was concentrated in a sloped, slim alley, with witnesses and survivors recalling a “hell-like” chaos with individuals falling on one another like dominoes. They stated the whole Itaewon space was jammed with slow-moving automobiles and partygoers clad in Halloween costumes, making it not possible for rescuers and ambulances to achieve the crammed alleys in time.

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Halloween festivities in Itaewon haven’t any official organizers. South Korean police stated Monday they don’t have any particular procedures for dealing with incidents akin to crowd surges throughout an occasion that has no organizers.

Greater than 80 per cent of the useless have been of their 20s or 30s and 11 have been youngsters, the South Korean Inside Ministry stated.

The group surge was South Korea’s deadliest catastrophe since 2014, when 304 individuals, largely highschool college students, died in a ferry sinking.

Based on the web site AllKPop, Lee’s funeral will happen on Tuesday.

— With recordsdata from The Related Press 

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