K-Pop singer Lee Ji Han among victims of Itaewon Crowd Surge tragedy
Seoul Itaewon (Shutterstock)
SEOUL, South Korea (CelebrityAccess) — Korean pop singer and actor Lee Ji Han was among 156 people killed in a tragic crowd incident during Halloween festivities in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Saturday.
Lee’s management agency, 935 Entertainment, confirmed his death to South Korean outlet Soompi on Sunday, saying they were “heartbroken” and calling Lee Ji Han a “precious family member.”
Lee, who was 24, first rose to prominence in 2017 when he entered the television music competition Produce 101 to join a boy band.
He made his acting debut two years later when he appeared in the web drama series The Butterfly Dream.
He was among 155 people killed in a murderous mob that took place on Saturday night in the narrow streets of Seoul’s Itaewon district. According to media reports, more than 100,000 revelers were in Itaewon, an area of the city known not only for its many clubs and bars, but also for its narrow streets and alleys with few escape routes.
Emergency officials said at least 81 calls were made by people suffering compression suffocation and videos of the incident circulating on social media showed crowds so tight that first responders were not reached. able to remove victims from the press, delaying the delivery of essential first aid.
The Central Disaster and Security Countermeasures Headquarters said at least 101 women and 55 men died in the tragedy. While most of the victims were in their twenties, 4 teenagers were included among the deaths.
According to local media, 152 more people were injured in the incident, 30 of them in serious condition.