The K-Pop community is in mourning.
Popular Korean girl group Ladies' Code was involved in a tragic accident the morning of Sept. 3 (local time) on their way to Seoul after the van driving the ladies and their entourage had its back wheel fall off. The horrific incident ended up costing 22-year-old member EunB's life, according to reports.
Also in the van were members Rise, said to be in critical condition, and SoJung, injured and hospitalized. Other passengers (including Ashley, Zuny, band managers and stylists) did not suffer serious injuries. The group's label Polaris Entertainment released a statement to Yahoo! Philippines to explain what happened.
"After a schedule in Daegu on September 2, LADIES′ CODE was headed back to Seoul. Around 1:30 AM in Suwon, an issue occured with the car′s back wheel coming off," the agency stated. "With the rainy road and wheel coming off, the vehicle spun several times, hitting a guardrail."
They continued, "Due to this, Eun Bi unfortunately passed away. The other members, Rise is in critical condition while So Jung is injured and hospitalized, currently receiving treatment. The other members, manager, and stylists, who were in the car, did not receive serious injuries."
"Our staff is also unable to recover from the shock and are in great sorrow right now," Polaris Entertainment added. "We want to apologize to all the fans and everyone who have received much shock, and we ask for everyone to pray for the quick recovery of the members."
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their condolences and shock on the matter:
My thoughts, prayers & positive energy goes to EunB's members, family & friends at this sad time. Too young to die. pic.twitter.com/PPoo6VYKZK— Sassy Hyoyeon (@sassykimhyoyeon) September 2, 2014
When you look up into the midnight sky tonight. Think of the brightest star as EunB, because that's what she is. A bright, beautiful star.— Bangtan Bucket List (@BTSBucketList) September 2, 2014
I can't believe what happened to EunB today... she was much too young. 1992-2014 is too soon. I hope she finds peace in Heaven ~— #RIPEunB (@SooJungForever) September 3, 2014
We extend our deepest & sincere condolences to Ladies' Code, their families, friends & fans for EunB's passing. Our prayers are with you.— NOW (@SMTOWNnow) September 3, 2014
Sojung's birthday is now the anniversary for Eunb's death and i'm crying right now imagining what the members must be goi ing thru— ? ?? ?? ?? (@tiffanystaetae) September 3, 2014
With a tragic loss we got a miracle, I'm sure Eunb was watching over you ?? pic.twitter.com/yS2u00Sf2j— ?R.I.P Eunb? (@NaughtyShidae) September 3, 2014