U;Nee — Beautiful, sexy and dead

Remembering U;NEE a tragic loss

REMEMBERING U;NEE

A TRAGIC LOSS

So young, so beautiful, a brilliant career ahead of her, but all she could see was loneliness.

South Korean pop star U;Nee committed suicide on January 21, 2007 at the age of 25.

“I feel everything is empty. I am walking down a path to reach a destination that I don’t know.” 

Remembering U;NEE a tragic loss

She was born Lee Hye-ryeon (이혜련) to an unwed mother on May 3, 1981. Her father died when she was a child and she was raised by her grandmother.

“It was really hard to live without a father,” she said in an interview some years later.

She began her career as an actress in 1996 under her real name, appearing in TV dramas, including ‘Tears of the Dragon,’ and then in the movie ‘Seventeen.’

‘CALL CALL CALL’

Under the stage name of U;Nee (유니) — Yuni (‘ユニ’) in Japan — she gained wide popularity in 2003 with a debut rap album ‘Go.’

Stardom followed two years later with her second dance-pop album ‘Call Call Call.’ The lead single shot into the top ten on the Korean music charts.

Her record label, J’S Entertainment, focused on her sexy image, and even encouraged her to have her breasts enlarged.

Remembering U;NEE a tragic loss

U;Nee’s personality was naturally soft-spoken and reserved and she found the manufactured sexy image hard to handle.

She suffered from depression from an early age but kept it hidden from her family and fans.

They were in total shock when they heard she had killed herself.

She hanged herself from a door frame in her 22nd-floor apartment in Seo District (Seo-gu) in Incheon, South Korea. It was a Sunday afternoon. Her body was found by her grandmother.

OUTPOURING OF GRIEF

U;Nee’s fans flooded her website with so many messages of sadness and grief that the computer server overloaded and crashed.

There was no suicide note, but she had posted on her website this final message, “I feel everything is empty. I am again walking down a path to reach a destination that I don’t know.”

U;Nee’s management company released her third album ‘Habit’ on January 26, 2007, five days after her death. All the money from the sales went to U;Nee’s family.

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Listening to K-pop ~ death by firing squad

MAN SOLD CDs FOR FIVE BUCKS

In North Korea a young man was executed by firing squad for selling South Korean K-pop CDs inside the Brutal Kingdom. He confessed to bringing the outlawed CDs and USB sticks into the country and selling them for $5 to $12 each.

The man, identified only by his last name of Lee, was then shot to death in a fusillade of bullets in front of a crowd of 500 people including his own family after violating Dictator Kim Jong-un’s new ‘anti-reactionary thought law.

NORTH KOREA

FAMILY TAKEN TO PRISON CAMP

Lee’s wife, son and daughter who had been standing in the front row of the execution area collapsed and were loaded into a truck and taken to a political prisoner camp.

“The family’s friends and neighbors had to stifle their grief and weep in silence for fear of being caught in the criminal act of having compassion for a reactionary,” according to a source who witnessed the shocking event.

Kim Jong-un has outlawed the South Korean popular music as a “vicious cancer corrupting North Korean youths’ attire, hairstyles, speech and behavior,” a crime that warrants 15 years in a labor camp, or, in Lee’s case, execution.

LISTEN TO BLACKPINK AT YOUR PERIL

Citizens who fail to report someone who watched or distributed the forbidden music are sentenced to seven years in prison. Even just having compassion for a reactionary gets you locked away in a prison camp.

“The entire population is shaking with fear,” the source said.

The South Korean superstar group Blackpink (블랙핑크) is a prime example of the kind of music that can cost you your life in the North.

Since hitting the world stage in 2016, the South Korean girl group — Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa — has become the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100.


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