Fans, family bid farewell to SulliFans and fellow K-pop stars said their final farewells to Sulli as her coffin finally left for her burial early Thursday.
The 25-year-old K-pop star and actress, whose legal name was Choi Jin-ri, was found dead at her residence in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, on Monday, sending a shockwave across the country. Before her death, she was suffering from severe depression, according to her close aides.
Following a four-day funeral and mourning ceremony at a Seoul hospital, the coffin carrying Sulli left the hospital early Thursday morning for her final burial, according to close associates.
The press was not allowed to sit in for the funeral procession, but Sulli’s family and fellow entertainers who attended the ceremony were reportedly grief-stricken.
Sulli’s entertainer friends publicly mourned her sudden death with heart-rending social media messages, including Koo Ha-ra, a former member of K-pop girl band Kara, known to be one of Sulli’s closest friends.
Posting several photo images of herself with Sulli on her Instagram account on Tuesday, Koo said, “Jin-ri [will be able to] do as she wishes in the world over there.”
Many artists, such as boy band SuperM, have canceled or delayed their music releases or performances to commemorate Sulli’s death.
The funeral was initially closed to media as well as fans, but Sulli’s agency, SM Entertainment, later reversed the policy to let in fans to bid farewell to Sulli at a few designated times on Tuesday and Thursday at Severance Hospital in Sinchon, western Seoul.
Sulli debuted as a child actress in 2005 before building a solid K-pop career in the SM Entertainment girl band f(x), which debuted in 2009.