While the day started bright and sunny here in South Korea, the skies grew gray as if it was also mourning the passing of Ladies’ Code‘s RiSe today, as she joined her friend EunB in heaven. Even more heartbreakingly, RiSe’s death takes place the day before Chuseok- one of Korea’s most celebrated holidays with a focus on family.
After RiSe passed away this morning, September 7 at 10:10 a.m., it was announced that her wake would take place at Korea University Anam Hospital, where EunB’s wake also took place, so that mourners could say their goodbyes to RiSe. Along with the outpouring of condolences and support messages online from fans from all over the world and fellow celebrities, some have also made their way to RiSe’s wake to say their goodbyes. It is being reported that singer Lee Eun Mi, RiSe’s mentor from the show that discovered her- “Birth of a Great Star“- attended the wake, as well as fellow contestants from the show, Son Jin Young, David Oh, Noh Ji Hoon, and Lee Tae Kwon. Kara members Gyuri and Youngji attended, as well girl group BESTie and band Rose Motel. MCs Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Jae Dong, who are known to have particularly favored Ladies’ Code, were also in attendance.
RiSe’s wake will continue until September 9, when her funeral procession will take place.
Local news media also reports that the remaining Ladies’ Code members are offering their comfort to each other during this difficult time.
One of RiSe’ fanpages left a message through its Twitter account (@risedotcom). It said, “To RiSe, whom I could have given everything. Compared to what I received from you, I haven’t done anything for you…RiSe, whom I love very much…the person I loved most in the world…the person who was my love and my light and my dream…my love..If I can only see you one more time…I will bury you in my heart and long for you my whole life…Can you appear in my dream and let me know you are doing well?”
Fans of Ladies’ Code also brought attention to a tweet that RiSe answered back on August 12, when a fan asked, “As the oldest in the group, which member do you want to take care of the most and feel the most nervous about leaving alone?” RiSe answered, “EunB!!!!!!<3”
MBC’s weekly entertainment news program, “Section TV,” featured Ladies’ Code’s story on today’s episode, offering its condolences.
There is still no official statement from the police on what exactly happened on September 3, the day of the accident that resulted in the deaths of EunB and RiSe, as investigation is still ongoing, but police are asking, according to YTN, whether the loss of the wheel from Ladies’ Code’s car could have been caused by an external impact.
May you rest in peace, RiSe and EunB.