Astro member Moonbin dies at 25

Astro member Moonbin dies at 25

Moonbin was in Manila last month for his group’s ‘Diffusion’ tour
/ 04:36 AM April 20, 2023

Astro's Moonbin. STORY: Astro member Moonbin dies at 25

Astro’s Moonbin. (Photo from  Twitter/@offclASTRO)

Updated 4:30PM, April 20

Moonbin, a member of the K-pop boy group Astro, has died at the age of 25.


The K-pop idol was found dead by his manager in his home in Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea at around 8:10 p.m. (Korean standard time) on Wednesday, April 19, according to authorities. Local media reported that suicide was suspected, though police declined comment.


Korean media outlet Yonhap News reported that the Astro member “took his own life,” as they noted that an autopsy was being considered to determine the cause of his death.

Moonbin’s label Fantagio confirmed his death on Thursday, April 20, in an official statement on social media.

“We would like to apologize for this sad and heartbreaking news. On April 19, Moonbin suddenly left us and became a star in the sky. Although we cannot compare our sorrow to the grief that the bereaved families are feeling, losing a beloved son and brother, the Astro members, fellow Fantagio artists, company executives, and employees are mourning the deceased in great sadness and shock,” the label said.

The label then apologized for delivering the “heartbreaking news” to fans who gave their love to Moonbin who is known for “loving and thinking of them more than anyone else.”

“It is even more heartbreaking to deliver this news so suddenly to the fans who have supported Moonbin and sent him their love. We are heartbroken because we know the feelings of the deceased, who always loved and thought of his fans more than anyone else,” the statement read.


Fantagio also confirmed that a private funeral will be held where Moonbin’s family members and colleagues would be present.

“We sincerely ask you to refrain from speculative and malicious reports so that the bereaved families, who are in a state of great sadness and sorrow due to the sudden news, can honor the deceased,” Fantagio said.

“According to the wishes of the bereaved families, the funeral will be held as quietly as possible with the family members and company colleagues. Once again, we send our deepest condolences to the deceased,” it added.

Born Moon Bin, the singer debuted as the main dancer, center, and lead vocalist of Astro in February 2016. He was also part of the boy group’s first sub-unit Moonbin & Sanha in September 2020. He was a child actor before making his debut as a member of Astro in 2016. He was set to appear in the 2023 Dream Concert in Seoul and the southern city of Busan next month as part of sub-unit Moonbin & Sanha, his bandmate.

He has a younger sister named Moon Sua, who is currently a member of the K-pop girl group Billlie and was a former trainee at YG Entertainment.

Moonbin’s final public appearances include the Manila leg of the sub-unit’s “Diffusion” tour in March 2023 and the MBC Idol Radio Live show with Viviz’s SinB and iKON’s Chanwoo earlier this month.

Moonbin (left) with bandmate Sanha during the Manila leg of their Diffusion tour in March 2023. (Photo by HANNAH MALLORCA/

Suicide is among the leading causes of death for young people in South Korea. The country has the highest suicide rate among the OECD group of wealthy nations.

Following the news about the death of Moonbin, “all idols” trended on Twitter in South Korea.

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“I hope all idols can chase their dreams without feeling heartbroken,” read one tweet.

Moonbin’s death also became the most searched topic on China’s Twitter-like social media platform Weibo on Thursday morning, with many saying the news reminded them of the deaths of other young South Korean popstars in the past.

In 2017, Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in an apparent suicide aged 27. (With reports from Reuters)  ATM/EDV


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