AceShowbiz - SM Entertainment has shared details about the funeral proceedings for Korean singer and actress Sulli, who passed away on Monday, October 14. The agency revealed on Monday that her family's wished to to carry out her funeral quietly with no media coverage allowed.
In the statement, SM Entertainment said, "Sulli has left our side. We cannot believe the situation now and we are just filled with grief. For her family who is grieving after the sudden news of her passing, we earnestly request that you refrain from writing speculative articles or spreading rumors. We express our deep condolences."
However, a reporter named Kang Hyojin shared the location of Sulli's funeral which enraged fans. It seemed like the article was released before the official statement, though the publication didn't revise or delete the article even after the firm request for Sulli's family to stay private during the ceremony.
Following the backlash, someone who was claimed to be Kang's sister revealed that her sister was framed by one of her supervisos. "After the incident, they changed the name of the reporter to my sister. I am so upset and frustrated that a superior would use their employees to post something like this," she explained.
"I am so upset that her face is now known to the public and is receiving hate for something that she did not do. Other reporters who don't know the whole story are releasing news about this. I am so mad that my sister, who had been expressing her condolences for this incident, has had to have received this unnecessary backlash. The company has not released any statement to clarify the situation either. The only thing I can do as a sister is post the truth," she continued.
In related news, SM Entertainment recently announced a separate memorial for Sulli. In a Twitter post on its official account, SM Entertainment said, "This is SM Entertainment. Sulli has left our side. We are struck with grief to deliver such sad news to fans. Following the wishes of Sulli's family, we have prepared a place where the fans who have always cheered Sulli on and sent her their endless love and support can bid her farewell with a warm greeting, in the address below. Shinchon Severance Hospital, Funeral Hall #7 (Ground floor level 1). From October 15 (4 PM - 9 PM) and October 16 (12 PM - 9 PM). Fans can pay their condolences. Once again, we express our deepest grief regarding the news."
The former member of K-pop girlgroup f(x) died at her house Monday, October 14 in Seongnam of Gyeonggi Province. The Seongnam Fire Station confirmed her death through a phone call, "We received the report of her death at about 3:20 P.M. She had already passed away when we arrived on scene." According to police, 25-year-old Sulli left a note that expressed her feelings before her death.
Born on March 29, 1994, Sulli debuted as 1/5 member of SM Entertainment's f(x) in 2009 alongside Krystal, Victoria, Luna and Amber. She left the group in 2015 to focus on her acting career though she remained to be under the agency. She then resumed her career as a singer after a three-year hiatus with a feature on Dean's 2018 single "Dayfly". In June, Sulli made her solo debut with her single album titled "Goblin".