Seoul. Pop singer and actor Lee Jihan was confirmed dead in a crowd at a Halloween celebration in Seoul, South Korea, over the weekend. His agency 935 Entertainment confirmed the sad news on Sunday, October 30, aceshowbiz.com reports, “It is true that Li Ji Han passed away on October 29 following an accident in Itawan.”
The agency’s representative further stated, “We also expected this not to be true and were very shocked to hear the news.” Asking the public to respect the family’s privacy during this time of mourning, the agency said: ‘The family is in a lot of pain right now, so we are being very careful. May God give them peace.
Tributes paid on social networks
News of Lee Jihan’s death was first made public when several of his “Produce 101” classmates Park Heesok, Jo Jinhyung and Kim Dohyun paid tribute on social media. He wrote on Instagram, “Ji Han left this world and went to a comfortable place. We ask you to say goodbye to him on his last journey.
Li Jihan first came into the limelight in 2017 as a contestant on Season 2 of Mnet’s “Produce 101.” He first auditioned on the show with a cover of Ed’s “Overdose” and dropped out in the fifth episode.
Li Jihan was 24 years old
Lee Jihan made his acting debut in the web drama “Today Was Another Naam Hyun Day” in 2019. He was 24 years old (by international reckoning) at the time of his death. His morgue will be set up in the funeral hall of Myeongji Hospital and the last rites will be celebrated on November 1.
154 people died in this stampede
Li Jihan was one of 154 people killed in a stampede on Saturday in Itawan, a bustling nightlife district of the capital. Thousands of people gathered in the narrow streets of the district to celebrate Halloween, when the size of the crowd became enormous, causing panic and then deadly mobs.
More than 80 people injured
More than 80 people were reportedly injured and thousands missing in the days following the tragedy. The Korean government has announced a period of national mourning that will last until November 5. Many K-pop music releases and shows were canceled or postponed in the wake of the tragedy.
FIRST POST: October 31, 2022, 10:46 p.m. HST