Singer Choi Sung Bong has passed away.
On the morning of the 20th of June, at around 9:41 am, media outlets reported that Choi Sung Bong was discovered dead at his residence in Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Based on the scene and a written document believed to be a suicide note, the police are investigating his death as a result of an extreme choice.
Previously, Choi Sung Bong had posted a message on YouTube Community page implying his extreme decision, stating,
Upon hearing this news, netizens expressed their concerns, and ultimately, he was found dead shortly after.
This comes after the highly publicized controversy he’s been involved in over a fake cancer diagnosis.
Back in January of 2021, Singer Choi Sung Bong claimed he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer. Since then, the singer updated his fans on his health regularly while vowing to release an album despite his deteriorating health. He had been collecting donations to make his album and support his singing career.
However, since October of 2021, there have been rumors spreading around that accused Choi Sung Bong of faking his cancer. A YouTuber and entertainment reporter named Lee Jin Ho raised these suspicions and claimed that the singer was faking his illness. The reporter claims Choi Sung Bong purchased the hospital gown through an online shop and that the singer was smoking and drinking. Choi Sung Bong then attempted to refute these rumors by releasing his private reports that confirm his diagnosis, however, criticism didn’t die down and netizens started pointing out inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the reports.
Then, on October 12, 2021, the singer started a live broadcast on his YouTube channel and talked about these suspicions. He was rescued mid-broadcast from what appeared to be a suicide attempt at the time. Later that month, he admitted to faking his diagnosis. He said, ‘I admit I am not currently suffering from cancer, and I am not suffering from colon, prostate, thyroid, lungs, brain, and heart cancer other than the recurrent depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.’
Singer Choi Sung Bong became known after appearing on “Korea’s Got Talent” in 2011. His voice took the industry by storm and he came in second place and made his debut as a singer, his difficult childhood story gained much attention as he rose to fame.
May his soul rest in peace.
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