Trigger warning: suicide
South Korean actor and Produce 101 (Season 2) contestant Jung Joong Ji has passed away in an apparent suicide.
He was 30.
This unfortunate news was announced by his mother through a Twitter post on September 20, 2022.
The post shows a photo of Joong Ji's mother lowering her head while holding her late son's portrait and the other photo shows the actor's burial announcement.
She wrote, as translated by Korean media outlet allkpop, "This is Jung Joong Ji's mother. My son took his own life.
"I can't describe how I feel right now."
According to the burial announcement, Joong Ji died on September 9, 2022, just four days after his 30th birthday.
He was buried on September 11, 2022.
Joong Ji rose to fame after he joined Mnet's reality show Produce 101 (Season 2), which aired in 2017.
At that time, he was introduced as a trainee of WayZ Company.
During the contest, he drew attention for his potential as a singer and dancer, but he was sadly eliminated and ranked 64th place.
Produce 101 produced the K-pop boy band Wanna One composed of 11 Korean male idols which include Kang Daniel, Ong Seong-wu, Hwang Min-hyun, Ha Sung-woon, Kim Jae-hwan, Park Ji-Hoon, Bae Jin Young, Lai Kuan-lin, Lee Dae-hwi, Yoon Ji-sung, and Park Woo-jin.
Joong Ji was also active as an actor by appearing in the plays Prison and Essence of Love.
In 2017, Joong Ji won the Hanbit Awards in the actor category given by Hallyu selection organizing committee.
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