South Korean Actress Song Yoo-jung Dead at 26

Korean actress Song Yoo-jung died on Saturday, Jan. 23, according to her talent agency. No cause of death has been released at this time.

By Cydney Contreras Jan 26, 2021 3:26 AMTags
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South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung has died at the age of 26. 

On Monday, Jan. 25, the actress' agency, Sublime Talent Agency, confirmed her death in a statement shared to Instagram. "Actress Song Yoo-jung has left us," the statement read in Korean, according to CNN. "Yoo-jung was a friend who always gave us happiness with a bright smile, and an awesome actress who acted with a passion bigger than anyone."

The talent agency also revealed that she died on Saturday, Jan. 23 and has since been laid to rest, in accordance with her family's wishes. 

No cause of death has been released at this time.

Fans first became acquainted with Song when she modeled for Estée Lauder in a 2013 campaign. 

Later that year, she starred in the MBC TV show Golden Rainbow, before going on to appear in Make Your Wish. She's most recognized for her role in the drama School 2017.

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Celebrity Deaths: 2021's Fallen Stars

In recent years, numerous Korean actors and performers have taken their lives. 

Watch: K-Pop Star Goo Hara Found Dead at Age 28

In 2019, Korean stars Cha In Ha, 27, Sulli, 25, and Goo Hara, 28, committed suicide, prompting widespread concern among industry insiders. 

According to The New York Times, both Sulli and Goo Hara spoke out about the cyberbullying they endured in the weeks before their deaths. 

Since then, those in the world of K-pop have taken action to help those struggling with their mental health. 

In December 2019, Kang Daniel took a break from performing, with his agency explaining that "extreme anxiety" and depression were the cause for the hiatus. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).