Celebrities Express Sorrow Over Sulli’s Passing

Updated October 20 KST:

On October 17, Lee Yeon Hee, an actress under SM Entertainment, wrote on her Instagram, “..Pretty girl.. Rest well.. ..I’m sorry..”

Updated October 18 KST:

Former After School member Kahi posted, “I am sad…and my heart hurts.. I hope she will rest well…..”

Go Kyung Pyo wrote, “Don’t worry about me. Pray for her.”


Shim Eun Jin, who originally debuted as a member of the girl group Baby V.O.X, began, “The sad news of a junior at a beautiful age makes my heart very heavy. I did not know much about her, but a corner of my heart feels very heavy.”

She continued, “I was reminded of myself in the industry when I was about 25 or 26. I remembered what kind of stress and what kind of thoughts were going through my head at that time. They all told me to just endure it, and they still tell me. After debuting at the age of 18, I think I am still enduring until now.

Shim Eun Jin went onto to talk about the legal battle she is personally experiencing with malicious commenters and added, “Beyond the excitement and fun felt, if you wonder if your actions are morally wrong, stop there. You shouldn’t not do them because you are scared if the law intensifies, but stop before that. If you stop, nothing will happen. If you think, ‘Will something happen if I, one person, upload this one post?’ If you don’t upload that one post, nothing will happen.”

She concluded, “I did not know much about her, but I will pray for her to rest in peace.. And I will pray for her family and friends to not fall down..”

Jung Il Woo wrote, “I hope you can smile brightly in a good place.. Pray for you..”

Cha Ae Ryun revealed that she did not know Sulli personally but shared her admiration through her post. “She was courageous…She was beautiful…I was so jealous of her confidence in having her own beliefs…”

She continued, “Such a beautiful person…I hope you will become a great big star that can make the world shine the brightest. A pretty person….I hope you will live very comfortably in a prettier place.”


Updated October 16 KST:

Choiza shared a photo on his Instagram and wrote, “We spent the most beautiful moments of our lives together. Though I send you away so regrettably, I’ll treasure our memories until the day I close my eyes. I miss you very much.”

Yoon Jong Shin posted on his Instagram, “Through that short conversation we had for the first and last time, I realized that you’re an amazing person. I hope you will shine in that place just like you did when were so focused and excited.”

On her Instagram Stories, Park Soo Ah (formerly known as Lizzy) uploaded photos of herself and Sulli from a photo booth machine. She wrote, “Sulli, Jin Ri, be happy in that place.”

Updated October 16 KST:

Yoo Ah In posted a message on his Instagram for Sulli, something he wrote over the course of the two days following news of her passing.

Here is the full post:

Sulli has died. Her real name is Jin Ri, Choi Jin Ri. I met her a couple of times for work, and I was just another formal colleague who called her Sulli instead of Jin Ri.

She was an icon. Some cut her down and didn’t like her, but I thought she was a hero. An icon of the new generation who was fearless in her freedom of self and expression. An absolute winner who happily punted musty, antiquated ideas of ethics. An angel here to save young sheep who are caught in indecision between nosiness and self-censorship.

I just liked everything about her. Her angel-like smile, of course, but also her bearing, refusing to wear the uniform mask expected of her at places like brand events. I liked her confidence, fearlessly putting her hand on my waist to pose for a photo, even though I was surrounded by controversy. But still, she was someone with a pure soul, who had no choice but to wear the mask of ‘Sulli.’ Just like everyone lives with a burdensome name, so did Sulli. On one hand, she lived a grand life, with a bravery that no one can rival.

At times, I deceived her. I was one of the masses that had hidden behind her. Being one of the masses was easier. Toeing the line of the boundaries that she crossed with ease, I left her alone at the edge of the cliff.

I imagined, misunderstood, and judged that existence at will. Even as I was doubting myself, I was underhanded.

There’s no reason for her to be treated as a patient, or to be pushed as a hero. Not the pronoun ‘she,’ nor the name ‘Sulli’ is all of her.

Jin Ri. And her self beyond that name. A human who resisted with her whole body, with her life, for freedom. And Jin Ri’s truth, her heart, which goes beyond what I know by 300 million fold.

Is it true? I haven’t seen a body, just a couple of articles, and I’m writing this on my own. Through the screen, through the screen.

October 14, 2019

After spending some time among others who gathered to remember Sulli, I’m on my way home. As I was inwardly cursing the adults that I will hate forever, that they are cowards, I asked them, and others who have the power to change the world. To not fall prey to skepticism, to not give up on the world. And we joined hands, so we could think together about how we can get past the sadness of today.

The sun will rise again, and we will have to jump back into the mundanity of life. But how can yesterday and tomorrow be the same. If something that existed is gone, it’s possible that something new will appear. The world has to change. It will change.

I would feel sorry if the people I loved were concerned, so I couldn’t send this to them, and instead I’m showing this, which I had kept to myself, to you. Don’t fight. Don’t place blame. I’m extending my hand and asking you, let’s use the truth that Sulli showed us together. This isn’t doubt. It’s not hate, nor resentment. It has to be love. It must be done with love. It’s what we all feel, isn’t it?

October 16, 2019

I’m earnestly asking you.

No one is wrong, no one is mistaken. We are all in the present, which we can only have if do our best. Please don’t place blame, don’t regret, just reflect. And then extend your hand, open your heart, comfort each other, and do this together.

For Sulli, who we’ll never see again, let’s not let her name go in vain.

I love you.

HA:TFELT (Yeeun) has posted on Instagram with a message that appears to be about Sulli’s passing.

She wrote, “I didn’t know that a short meeting could become so sad. I pray with all of my heart that you will not hurt anymore and you will be more free in that place. #rip.”


Updated October 15 KST:

Goo Hara said a farewell to Sulli via a live broadcast on Instagram on October 15.

During the short broadcast, Goo Hara said while in tears, “Sulli, I’m sorry that I can’t go because I’m in Japan. I’m so sorry that this is the only way for me to greet you. Go there and be well as you do what you really want to do. I’m going to do my best and try to live your share too, I’ll work hard. Everyone, I’m okay. Sulli and I were really close, we were like real sisters, and that’s why I wanted to speak to her like this so I turned on the live broadcast. I apologize. I’m sorry. Don’t worry, everyone. Sulli, goodbye.”

Updated October 15 KST:

More stars have posted in remembrance of Sulli.

DEAN, who previously released the single “dayfly” featuring Sulli, wrote on his Instagram Stories, “Your voice will raise a question that will weigh heavily upon many people for a long time. I sincerely thank you and am sorry. I will remember you.”

Nam Tae Hyun posted a photo of Sulli with the caption, “I will live with gratitude for your boldness and what you have achieved. I hope you will rest in peace.”


Girl’s Day’s Sojin uploaded an image of hands in a praying position.


Solbi wrote, “The memories of passing by you backstage when you were young and the sides of Sulli that I saw through broadcasts and media were so beautiful and confident. Many people loved those carefree sides of you. I will remember your flower-like beauty just as it was. I hope you can rest comfortably now…Rest in peace.” She added the hashtag, “I love you, Choi Jin Ri.”

Shinji posted, “Saying my farewell now as I was emotional the entire day yesterday…I sincerely hope you will be comfortable and happy in that place and that you will smile a lot with your beautiful and bright smile.”

Jang Ki Ha wrote, “I hope you will be at peace,” with the hashtag, “RIP.”


NORAZO’s Jobin shared the following post:

I pray that you will not be cold on your way there.
The world loved you!
I hope you will momentarily forget the hearts that hurt you because they have a hard time expressing love and that you will rest in peace.
I felt great joy and pride just to be able to work in the same generation as you.
Later on, let’s all meet on the stage of heaven and sing songs of joy without sadness.
Thank you.

Sunmi uploaded an image of Sulli on her Instagram Stories with the text, “So beautiful.”

Jung Ryeo Won’s post features an image with the text, “You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are enough,” and her caption reads, “You are missed.”

Son Tae Young wrote, “Because I understand completely, it is more unfortunate, sad, and painful. I will pray.”

Kwon Hyuk Soo posted, “Rest in peace.”

Updated October 15 KST:

In response to the news of Sulli’s passing, Kang Ji Young posted on her Instagram, saying, “Everyone is going to remember your smile.”

Hong Suk Chun posted a photo he took with Sulli, saying, “To think this would be my last photo with you… I said we should stick through it together, but I’ve become a bad [friend] who let you go without even saying goodbye. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. I hope you are no longer hurting in that place, and I hope you can spend your time doing whatever you want. I’ll remember the beautiful you exactly as you were. It’s a sad night.”

Sunday said on her Instagram, “I love you too, Jin Ri.. I couldn’t respond to you that day in Kondae because I was too embarrassed.. I’m sorry I never bought you mango bingsoo (shaved ice). I’m going to see you tomorrow. To everyone who hurt you. Life is a boomerang.”

Updated October 15 KST:

Goo Hara has posted on Instagram to share photos with her close friend Sulli. She included an open-ended sentence in her caption that translates literally as, “In that world, as Jin Ri wants to do.” Jin Ri is Sulli’s given name (also spelled “Jilli”), and Goo Hara’s sentence could be interpreted as, “In that world, I hope Jin Ri does what she wants to do.”

Gyuri also posted on her Instagram following Sulli’s passing. She wrote, “A beautiful and cheerful person. It’s difficult to express how I’m feeling in words. I hope the world will become a bit more tolerant to everyone.”

U-KISS’s Jun wrote, “You went through so much… I hope you will not be concerned about anything there and I hope you will be really happy, noona. Rest in peace now.” “Noona” is a term used by men when addressing older sisters or female friends.

Original Article:

Celebrities and friends of Sulli have expressed their feelings of sorrow and shock over her sudden passing on October 14.

Amber thanked everyone for their thoughts and announced that she will be putting her upcoming activities on hold.

Ku Hye Sun shared a post on Instagram that reads, “Sleep well, baby Sulli. I love you.”


Ahn Jae Hyun expressed his shock over the news as he wrote, “It can’t be, it can’t be, right.. right, it can’t be? ….. on the internet .. the articles are weird, right? This doesn’t feel real so it’s me that’s weird because I’m taking too much medicine now, right .. I’m the one that’s weird, right ……..”


Former AOA member Mina shared a photo with Sulli and wrote, “Jin Ri, don’t be sick, don’t suffer, let’s be happy.”


Former Miss A member Jia wrote on Instagram, “oh no……………why” as the caption to a black post.

DinDin wrote, “I will pray that you can always be happy in that place. I am so heartbroken. Rest in peace.”

BTOB’s Peniel wrote on Twitter, “Praying for Sulli, her family, friends, fans, and loved ones. Rest In Peace.”

Lee Sang Min wrote, “I hoped that it wasn’t true… that it was a false report… May she rest in peace. I hope you are always happy in that place…”

Park Jimin wrote, “One of the bravest and brightest. Rest In Peace.” 

Former PRISTIN member Kyla said, “My deepest condolences go out to Sulli’s family. Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration. My heart is broken hearing this news…” She went to encourage everyone to be kind to one another.

U-KISS’s Soohyun tweeted to say, “May she rest in peace.”

Kevin Woo shared his condolences for Sulli’s family and loved ones, and wrote “Rest In Peace” in English and Korean.

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