Actress Song Yoo-Jung Dies Aged 26 | 22 Words

Actress Song Yoo-Jung has tragically died aged just twenty-six.

Her heartbreaking death highlights a growing problem in Korea... Here's the full story.

The star's death has well and truly shook the showbiz industry in Korea.

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Thousands have paid tribute to the actress on her last Instagram post...

​Yoo-Jung made her name with a starring role in the TV drama Make A Wish as well as workingΒ with cosmetics company Estee Lauder and well-knownΒ ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins.

Her death raises concerns about Korea's television and K-Pop culture, where young women and men are thrown into the limelight and scrutinized daily.

The twenty-six-year-old South Korean actress was found dead in Seoul.

Sadly, the country's controversial show-business industry has seen this happen far too often.

"Actress Song Yoo-Jung has left us," Yoo-Jung's agency Sublime said.

​"Yoo-Jung was a friend who always gave us happiness with a bright smile and an awesome actress who acted with a passion bigger than anyone."

There was an outpouring of grief from fans on her last Instagram post...

Where she could be seen smiling at the camera, just 3 weeks ago.

Many Korean stars face immense pressure to look and behave perfectly in the industry...

As fame is powered by toxic fandoms that can easily turn on the stars if they step a foot out of place.

Suicide is a chronic social problem in Korea and according to government data, it is the leading cause of death for people aged between 10 and thirty-nine.

More than 13,700 people took their own lives last year in South Korea, which is further proof that more needs to be done to prevent this toxic culture from spreading.

Rest in peace.

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