U;Nee — Beautiful, sexy and dead

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.’


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.


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.

Tap bottom right for full screen

Back to the front page

Death rocker

Kurt Cobain remembered

Kurt Cobain barricaded himself in the greenhouse above the garage of his Seattle home by propping a stool against the door.

In a rambling suicide note, he said his baby daughter would have a better life without him:

“I can’t stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive, death rocker that I’ve become.”

Kurt Cobain remembered
Courtney Love, Kurt and baby Frances

It was April 8, 1994. Kurt Cobain was 27.

Original post HERE.

Back to the front page

From Hollywood to Hell


I was going to rehash an article tonight on a Hollywood scandal that happened back in the 1950s about movie star Lana Turner’s 14-year-old daughter stabbing Lana’s gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato to death when he threatened to kill her mother. It would have started like this:

SAVAGE FLASHBACK — April 4, 1958

The night Lana Turner’s boyfriend got it in the gut


Movie star’s 14-year-old daughter stuck him with a knife

Lana Turner had been dating ex-Marine Johnny Stompanato for about a year. Johnny Stomp, as he was known, was an enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen. It was a violent relationship from the start, blah blah blah…

But then I realized who the hell cares? A waste of words and time, just another meaningless distraction from the heartbreak and aching loneliness of everyday life — little children with terminal illnesses who will never have a chance at life, young soldiers dying in sacrificial wars engineered by cowardly politicians in the name of oil or strategic positioning so generals whose lifeblood is war and death can kill some more, the lives lost every day to the covid virus that is merciless and unrelenting no matter what the hell we do to try and stop it, the lonely young men and woman, teenagers, people in the prime of their lives killing themselves because the isolation becomes unbearable, the innocent people in shopping malls and places of worship slaughtered by hate-filled maniacs with weapons of war — and while all this rages to write an article about a Hollywood scandal is an insult to the suffering of so many people in towns and cities around the world.

A Christian blogger I connected with today speculated that during those three lost days between Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and his resurrection, he descended into hell and conquered the devil.

I beg to differ. The bastard ain’t dead.

Back to the front page