Another South Korean star found dead at 27, marking third young Korean celebrity death in 3 months

A South Korean actor has died at age 27, becoming the third young Korean celebrity to die unexpectedly in the last three months.

The actor, Cha In-ha, was known for his "bright, cheerful image," Forbes reports, highlighting his key role in the recently-premiered drama "Love With Flaws." The circumstances of his passing have not been reported at this time.

Cha's passing marks the third death in as many months of a young South Korean celebrity: Sulli, a well-known pop singer and actress, died by an alleged suicide at 25 years old in October 2019, according to local reports. More recently, fellow K-pop star Goo Hara died at 28 last week, and police have ruled out foul play.

Cha had only recently begun to see his career blossom as he landed several starring roles in major Korean dramas. In a report about his death, Variety notes the "grim reality of the South Korean entertainment industry," writing that the system is "pressurized and dispiriting ... Pressure appears to come both from demanding management and from fans who use social media to viciously criticize perceived flaws in behavior and image."

Forbes points to these issues as well: "Entertainers are not only criticized online for serious offenses such as drug use, but may face censure for dating, gaining weight, or expressing an unpopular opinion."

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photocall for FENDI on September 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photocall for FENDI on September 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 13: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photocall for 'Estee Lauder' at the Shilla Hotel on August 13, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 12: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the PRADA Thunder Pop-Up Store open photocall on July 12, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 14: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photo call for BOUCHERON 'Les Salons Boucheron' on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 14: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photo call for BOUCHERON 'Les Salons Boucheron' on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 14: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photo call for BOUCHERON 'Les Salons Boucheron' on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for 'Estee Lauder' Pop-up Store Opening on February 13, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 21: South Korean singer/actress Choi Jin-ri (aka Sulli) attends Longchamp event on December 21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 21: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for the LONGCHAMP at Lotte Department Store on December 21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 10: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends a promotional event for the 'Estee Lauder' on October 10, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 10: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends a promotional event for the 'Estee Lauder' on October 10, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 16: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for the BOUCHERON 160th Anniversary 'Experience Boucheron' Pop-Up Store Opening on May 16, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 16: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for the BOUCHERON 160th Anniversary 'Experience Boucheron' Pop-Up Store Opening on May 16, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 08: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for "Estee Lauder" Launch on January 8, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 08: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for "Estee Lauder" Launch on January 8, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 27: Actress Sulli attends the VIP screening of 'Real' on June 27, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 27: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the "Roger Vivier" Buckle Up Party at the Shilla Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 26: (L1,L2) South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun and South Korean actress Sulli attend the test screening of film "Real" on June 26, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 07: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the photocall for Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton Exhibition at DDP on June 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the photocall for Dior 2017 S/S Collection at Shinsegae Department Store on February 24, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 27: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the "AERIN" Boon The Shop Launch on September 27, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 04: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends photocall for launch of SK-II 'Genoptics' at Lotte Department Store on March 4, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 30: Sulli poses for photographs during the K-Beauty Close-up by ARTISTRY at Dongdaemun Square on September 30, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by ilgan Sports/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03: Sulli poses for photographs during the LANVIN Products Launching Event at Dress Garden on September 3, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by ilgan Sports/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 30: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the photocall for Louis Vuitton Exhibition Series 2 "Past - Present - Future" at D Tower on April 30, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 22: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the FURLA 2015 SS presentation at COEX Mall on January 22, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 20: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the "DECKE" launch event on March 20, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 26: Sulli of f(x) attends the Etude House 'Magic Any Cushion' photo session at Connoi Space on February 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Choi Soo-Young/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
CHANGSHA, CHINA - DECEMBER 31: (CHINA OUT) Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli and Krystal of South Korean girl group f(x) perform on the stage in Hunan Television New Year Countdown Concert on December 31, 2013 in Changsha, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
NAMYANGJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 12: Sulli of girl group f(x) is seen on location for "The Pirates" on December 12, 2013 in Namyangju, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
NAMYANGJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) South Korean actors Lee Kyung-Young, Kim Nam-Gil and Son Ye-Jin are seen on location for "The Pirates" on December 12, 2013 in Namyangju, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 08: Sulli of f(x) attends the OMEGA CO-AXIAL Exhibition at Beyond Museum on July 8, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Choi Soo-Young/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Victoria and Sulli of girl group f(x) attend a promotional event for the 'Christian Dior' Pop Up Store Opening at My Boon on February 22, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Victoria, Amber, Krystal, Sulli and Luna of girl group f(x) attend the 22nd High1 Seoul Music Awards at SK Handball Arena on January 31, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 31: Sulli of South Korean girl group f(x) attends during the 2012 SBS Drama Awards at SBS Prism Tower on December 31, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
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Although public information is limited, both of the two female pop stars who died in recent weeks were relatively upfront about their personal mental health difficulties. Earlier this year, Goo publicly apologized to her fans for worrying them after a suicide attempt.

At the time of the incident, Goo was in the midst of dealing with a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, who sexually assaulted her and threatened to release a sex video to derail her career. Possibly in response to the turmoil, her agency ended her contract. The ex-boyfriend was sentenced to one year and six months in prison.

Both Goo and Sulli were subjected to intense cyber bullying, according to media reports. South Korea's web portals, Kakao Corp. and Navar, are considering making changes to their opinion sharing systems, according to Forbes.

It's unknown whether Cha faced similar online issues. The actor had posted a selfie on Instagram just hours before his death.

His agency has asked that fans not speculate or spread rumors about his passing.

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