K-pop singer Moonbin, member of boy band Astro, dies aged 25


South Korean singer Moonbin, a member of K-pop boy band Astro, has died at the age of 25, his music label Fantagio said on Thursday.

"Members of Astro and fellow artists and staff at Fantagio are deeply saddened and shocked as we mourn him," the label said in a statement.

Mooonbin was a child actor before making his debut as a member of Astro in 2016. He was set to appear at a concert in the southern city of Busan next month as part of sub-unit Moonbin & Sanha.

Local media reported that the singer was found dead at his home in the Gangnam district of Seoul. Police declined to comment.

Following the news about the death of Moonbin, "all idols" trended on Twitter in South Korea.

"I hope all idols can chase their dreams without feeling heartbroken," read one tweet.

Moonbin’s death also became the most searched topic on China’s Twitter-like social media platform Weibo on Thursday morning, with many saying the news reminded them of the deaths of other young South Korean popstars in the past.

In 2017, Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died aged 27.

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