On June 4 Yedang Entertainment‘s CEO, Byun Du Seob, passed away at the age of fifty-four. He found was dead at his office on June 4 around 11AM. It was reported that he died from over exhaustion.
A representative of Yedang Entertainment said in a statement, “We regret to announce this sad news that Yedang Entertainment Founder, CEO, and Chairman passed away suddenly…He was a strong foundation for the Korea Creative Content Business and we respect him as an important and leading role in the Hallyu Wave. However we cannot be overcome with sadness. To honor the will of the deceased, all employees will complete all projects.”
Byun Du Seob is survived by his wife, Yang Soo Kyung, who was a popular singer in the 80s. He began his entertainment career as a DJ and then established his own agency. In 2001 Yedang Entertainment was registered into KOSDAQ (The Korean equivalent of Wall Street’s NASDAQ). The company has also expanded into film and television. Yedang Entertainment is home to artists such as Lim Jae Bum, Ali, C-Clown, RaNia, and comedian Lee Hyuk Jae.
His funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Hospital on June 6.