Moonbin of popular K-Pop band ASTRO was found dead. He was 25 years old. A cause of death is to be announced, but the singer’s family confirmed they will be holding a private funeral. ASTRO was recently announced as part of the lineup for the 29th Dream Concert at Busan’s Asiad Main Stadium on May 27. The festival organizers have not released comment on Moonbin’s death.
Fans are mourning the sudden loss of the singer across social media.
sending my deepest condolences to his family & friends ????
i really sorry for moon sua, i can't imagine how you are now, but please stay strong, big hug for you and for mj, jinjin, cha eunwoo, rocky, sanha, seungkwan, chanwoo, sin b and all moonbin friends too ????❤️ pic.twitter.com/ifLhIgQGVU
— ???? (@lhygomsll) April 19, 2023
Some recount kind words he offered to ASTRO fans struggling with mental health issues.
My Dearest Moonbin,
You always told us “When you are troubled and tired, don’t be lost and come to me” i listened to that whole heartily. My sunshine, My laughter, My soft spoken teddy bear; Im going to forever miss you. Thank You for being such a huge presence in my life❤️ pic.twitter.com/v2cGrnKjfR
— GoGo???? (@Jungsuswxrld) April 19, 2023
Moonbin delivered visually intricate performances throughout his brief but successful music career, and fans are revisiting some of his most powerful performances in his honor.
Thank you Moonbin for years of incredible, iconic performances. I’ll always remember your artistry, beauty, and kindness. Rest in Paradise ???? pic.twitter.com/AJJf10ryir
— AND WE’RE BACK!! (@orbit_hoe) April 19, 2023
Despite Korean police still investigating Moonbin’s cause of death, some suspect that the singer died by suicide. The online K-Pop community is urging young fans of the singer to take care of themselves, and remember to seek help if they are struggling.
Rest in peace #MOONBIN. We're sure as hell going to miss you. ????
TW: Mental health, anxiety, depression, suicide pic.twitter.com/DXMLUFZDAf
— That Kpop Guitarist (@KpopGuitar) April 19, 2023
Amid the news of Moonbin’s death, some fans of another popular K-Pop band, BTS, are keeping the bands’ rivalry going. “BTS Is Still Alive” continues to trend on Twitter, with ASTRO fans combatting the hateful comments after news broke of Moonbin’s tragic death.
"Not BTS" is literally trending. what does that mean? that means all big ARMY accs are posting condolence towards Moonbin and his fans. And those antis literally making fake army accs and posting terrible things about his de@ath!? seriously? the are that much sick? pic.twitter.com/VQOzF6rmuU
— Magic shop♪|| Layo(V)er by THV on 8th September (@mikrokosmos2709) April 19, 2023
The other members of ASTRO have not commented on Moonbin’s death at this time.