Korean K-pop group ASTRO’s member Moon Bin has passed away at the age of 25, according to a statement from the group’s label, Fantagio.
The cause of death is currently unknown.
Moon Bin was found dead at his apartment in the Gangnam district of Seoul on April 19, according to a statement by the agency.
The statement also asked for privacy for Moon Bin’s family and friends during this difficult time.
“We sincerely ask you to refrain from speculative and malicious reports so that the bereaved families, who are deeply saddened by the sudden news, can commemorate the deceased,” the statement read.
Moon Bin’s family plans to hold a private funeral with colleagues and friends in attendance. According to local police, it appeared that the K-pop star died by suicide.
Moon Bin rose to fame as a member of ASTRO, which debuted in 2016 with the EP Spring Up. He was also part of the ASTRO subunit Moonbin&Sanha, who released their third EP, Incense, in January.
Moon Bin charted seven albums on Billboard’s World Albums chart and seven songs on World Digital Song Sales.
Fantagio confirmed that Moon Bin renewed his contract with the company in December 2022 alongside four other ASTRO members. The agency also confirmed that Moonbin&Sanha’s Diffusion Fan Con Tour was set to visit different cities around Asia through May.
Moon Bin was a talented musician, songwriter, actor and model, debuting as a child model and actor in 2004. He starred in the music video for TVXQ’s “Balloons” and had a small role in the hit K-drama Boys Over Flowers.
In response to Moon Bin’s passing, fans and fellow artists have expressed their condolences and shared memories of him on social media. “Rest in peace Moon Bin, you will always be in our hearts,” one fan wrote on Twitter.