Rookie Korean actor Cha In-ha, 27, found dead at home, details not known yet

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Cha In-ha debuted as part of his agency's actor group, called Surprise U, in 2017 with a short film.
Cha In-ha debuted as part of his agency's actor group, called Surprise U, in 2017 with a short film.PHOTO: CHA IN-HA/INSTAGRAM

The bad news just cannot stop coming in the Korean entertainment industry.

On Tuesday (Dec 3), rookie actor Cha In-ha, 27, was found dead at his home.

Details are sketchy for now and the police are probing the incident.

According to the allkpop portal, his agency said initially that it had been notified and that it was "checking" to find out more.

It later issued a statement, requesting fans to refrain from spreading rumours so that Cha's family could send him off in a calmer environment.

The funeral will be attended only by family and close friends.

In his last Instagram post, a solemn-looking Cha wrote: "Everybody, watch out."

He debuted as part of his agency's actor group, called Surprise U, in 2017 with a short film.

His career had shown promise, with him being cast in MBC's ongoing drama Love With Flaws.

 
 
 
 

That show stars Ahn Jae-hyun and Oh Yeon-seo. The two had been accused by Ku Hye-sun of having an affair. Ahn is seeking a divorce from Ku.

The reports of Cha's death come in the wake of those of K-pop artists Sulli, 25, and Goo Hara, 28.

The latter two were found dead at home, with the authorities ruling out foul play.

The two singers were cited by many as victims of cyber bullying in South Korea, with netizens criticising their romantic relationships.

Goo and Sulli were close friends.

There have been calls in South Korea to make it mandatory for netizens to use their real names when they post comments, in a bid to protect the well-being of artists.

The latest tragedy has prompted fans to express their bewilderment and shock.

Cha was "so talented and deserved more time and more love", one wrote.

Another posted: "He was so young. What a terrible year this has been so far with so many talented young individuals leaving too soon."