Choi Sung-bong dead – South Korean popstar, 33, dubbed 'Korea's Paul Potts' found dead at his home | The Sun

Choi Sung-bong dead – South Korean popstar, 33, dubbed 'Korea's Paul Potts' found dead at his home | The Sun

A SOUTH Korean pop star has been found dead after allegedly taking his own life in his Seoul home.

Choi Sung-bong, 33, was referred to as South Korea's "Paul Potts" after rising to fame on Korea's Got Talent in 2011, and was praised by Justin Bieber before his death.

He was discovered in his home by police early yesterday morning, according to The Korea Times.

After finding fame on KGT, Justin Bieber praised a clip of his performance and said: "This is awesome. Never say never, and good luck to this kid. Great story.”

He signed a record deal with Bong Bong company and infamously lied about having cancer in 2021.

Sung-bong told fans he had cancer and was "fundraising money" for his latest album, later issuing an apology.


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He said: "I am not currently suffering from cancer and I admit that I am not suffering from colon, prostate, thyroid, lungs, brain, and heart cancer."

Sung-bong published a memoir about his life journey from an impoverished child to finding his fame.

Police are investigating the circumstances around the singers death, as rumours of a "suicide note" he uploaded to YouTube the day before his death swirl.

The note allegedly read: "I sincerely apologize to all who suffered from my foolish mistake."

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The note added that all donations made to Sung-bong's fundraiser were returned.

You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123
  • Movember,
  • Anxiety UK, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm


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