Members of Sanulrim celebrate their 30th anniversary concert last year in Seoul. From left , Kim Chang-hoon, Kim Chang-wan and KIm Chang-ik. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Kim Chang-ik, 50, a member of the Korean rock trio Sanulrim, has died in Vancouver, Canada. The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed.
“We heard that it might have been a traffic accident or an accident that happened while removing snow. Kim Chang-wan is leaving for Canada on Jan. 30,” said an unnamed representative of Sanulrim.
The name of the group means “Mountain Echo” in Korean and the three members are all brothers _ Kim Chang-wan, the oldest, sang vocals and played guitar, while Kim Chang-hun played rhythm guitar, bass and keyboards and Kim Chang-ik, the drums.
The rock trio debuted in 1977 with the album “Anibeolsseo” (Ah! Already?). After that the group released many hit songs over 30 years ranging from rock songs and ballads to children’s songs.
Kim Chang-wan is currently active as a musician and actor in Korea. Last year, he starred in the hit dramas “Behind the White Tower” and “Coffee Prince.”
Kim Chang-hun resides in Los Angeles with his family.
The late Kim’s last public appearance in Korea was the “Sanulrim 30th Anniversary Concert” in 2006.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.