The manager reported that Choi suffered depression, and police said that they are working on the assumption that she committed suicide. Initial investigations found neither any sign of criminal offence, nor a suicide note.
Choi, who initially debuted as a child actress in 2005, rose to fame after making her stage debut as a member of K-pop girl band f(x) under the management of the country’s top agency SM Entertainment. She had held down both her singing and acting jobs until 2014, when she complained of severe cyber bullying and online misinformation. The following year she quit the band and focussed primarily on acting.
She had the lead role in 2017 film “Real” and in “Pirates.” She recently shot TV show “Hotel Del Luna” for tvN, and was attached to “Persona” for Netflix.
Sulli, who maintained a sexy and outspoken image, often found herself the target of online abuse. She was a close friend of Jonghyun, another K-pop icon, who killed himself in December 2017.
Social media was quickly roused by the news. “Sulli’s death shouldn’t be reported as a suicide but murder she was attacked constantly by ppl’s words she survived everyday without crumbling down but there’s only so much a person can take. May angels lead her & take her to the stars where she can stay forever shining and happy” said a fan named jieunliui.
Others did not hesitate to link Sulli’s death to the 2017 suicide by Jonghyun. “You’re in a better place now Sulli with Jonghyun. I hope both of u found the happiness you deserve in heaven,” wrote another @jijijimaaaaaa.