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ASTRO Member Moonbin’s Death at 25

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Moonbin was a former Southern Korean idol from the group “ASTRO.” Known for his debuts in music videos and TV shows from 2004 to 2016, Moonbin had his breaking hit in the KBS drama Boys Over Flowers before joining Astro and showcasing the group’s first album Spring Up in February 2016.

Passing away on April 19, 2023 in Seoul, South Korea, his manager on Wednesday evening showed initial concerns when Moonbin was unresponsive. His manager visited Moonbin’s home in the hopes of speaking to him after the period of silence and failing to attend rehearsals.

Discovering Moonbin in his home, his death at 25 years old shocked numerous fans as he was in the middle of hosting a world tour as a part of a subunit with fellow K-pop idol and Astro member Sanha. To the public, the cause of death remains unknown as the investigation continues, yet police have spoken to news outlets informing the public on Moonbin who “appears to have taken his own life.”

Living alone, the reasons remain unknown to numerous fans and family why Moonbin’s death was caused, yet many suspect the continued pressures of Korean idols face demonstrates the rigor of the industry. Flowers and notes were placed by fans at street memorials in South Korea, continuing the hashtag #MoonbinWeLoveYou to commemorate the idol’s legacy on social media. With MoonBin’s last performance in Thailand, purple and silver balloons adorned memorials as both colors were prevalent in the last show.

The Astro’s management company, Fantagio, released a statement on the issue, saying, “On April 19, ASTRO member Moonbin suddenly left us and has now become a star in the sky. Although it cannot compare to the grief of the bereaved family that had to part with their beloved son and brother, his fellow artists and the staff here at Fantagio, who have been together with him for a long time, are also deeply mourning the departed amidst tremendous shock and sorrow.”

While the family hosted a private funeral, Moonbin’s sister, Moon Sua, canceled and postponed all her upcoming shows as a member in the K-pop group Billie.

If you or someone you know are experiencing thoughts of suicide or mental-crisis, call or text 988. In emergent cases, call 911 or seek aid from a local hospital or providers.


Editors: Blenda Y., Chelsea D.

Photo Credits: The New York Times


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