South Korean Singer Lee Ji Han Dies Tragically In Seoul Halloween Party Crush


After the Itaewon crowd crush disaster, it has been revealed that South Korean musician and actor Lee Ji Han passed away.

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Over 100,000 revellers are said to have congregated for the annual Halloween celebrations in Itaewon, a prominent nightlife district in Seoul, on Saturday night (October 29).

Yonhap News Agency stated that later that night, a crowd formed in a small passageway, immobilising numerous people, largely young adults in their teens and 20s.

It has been established that the 24-year-old singer, who was best known for competing on the second season of the music talent competition Produce 101, was trampled to death in the stampede.

Lee Ji Han 24 dies in stampede.

The singer’s management company, 935 Entertainment, stated in a statement translated by Soompi:  “It’s true that Lee Ji Han passed away due to the accident in Itaewon on October 29.

“We also hoped that it wasn’t true, and we were very shocked to hear the news. The family is suffering immense grief right now, so we are being very cautious. May he rest in peace.”

“Please send a warm farewell to [Lee], who left us too soon. We will also remember Lee, who shone beautifully with his passion for acting,” they added.

SBS Star reports that 9ato Entertainment, Ji Han’s second management company, also expressed their sympathies in a statement, writing: “We are sad to deliver such news today, but Lee Jihan has passed away in the crush in Itaewon last night.”

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, who are saddened by the sudden tragic news, also to everyone who loved him,” they continued. “Lee Ji-han brightly smiled when greeting us all the time.”

“He had pure and positive energy with great passion for acting. It is very hard to believe that we cannot see him anymore. Please send your warm goodbye to Lee Ji-han. He’ll always be remembered,” they concluded.

A man lays flowers in tribute to victims near the scene of a deadly crush accident during Halloween festivities. Credit: Newscom / Alamy

According to local authorities, the rush claimed the lives of at least 19 foreigners. It’s thought that because of the heavy traffic and slow-moving vehicles on the streets, it was nearly difficult for ambulances and first responders to get to the alley.

According to The Korea Herald, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo established a time of national mourning in South Korea yesterday that will last until midnight on November 5.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare was also directed by President Yoon Suk Yeol to send out disaster medical teams and provide hospital beds for anyone hurt in the catastrophe.

All non-essential public events have been cancelled or postponed during the period of national mourning. Therefore, out of respect for the deceased, the nation’s entertainment sector halted events and planned releases.

All of the victims’ families and friends are in our thoughts prayers.

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