The leader of K-pop boy band 100% was found dead in his home in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2018. According to 100%’s label TOP Media, Seo Minwoo, 33, who is mononymously known as Minwoo, died of cardiac arrest.
TOP Media said in a statement released through its official website that the funeral will be held quietly as requested by the bereaved family. The label added that Minwoo is known for his tenderness and sincerity.
Minwoo was born in Suseong District, Daegu, South Korea on February 8, 1985. He enlisted in the military for his mandatory military service in March 2014 as an active-duty soldier and was discharged in December 2015.
As an actor, Minwoo starred in the KBS2 drama “Sharp 3” in 2006 and the SBS drama “The King and I” in 2007. On the big screen, he appeared in “Crazy Waiting” in 2007 and “Where are You Going?” in 2009.
Founded by boy band Shinhwa member Andy Lee, TOP Media launched 100% in 2012 with the single “We, 100%.” Including Minwoo, the group originally had seven members.
Lee Sanghoon, 25, professionally known as Sanghoon, left 100% in 2016. Woo Changbum, 25, professionally known as Changbum, followed suit in 2016.
On February 14, 2018, 100% released its third Japanese single album titled “Song for You.” It is also the group’s fifth single album in total.
After Minwoo’s death, 100% now has four active members. They are Kim Rockhyun, 27, Jo Jonghwan, 26, Kim Chanyong, 25, and Jang Hyukjin, 24, whose respective stage names are Rockhyun, Jonghwan, Chanyong and Hyukjin.
Like Minwoo, Michael Jackson and Brittany Murphy also died of cardiac arrest. Jackson, who was dubbed the King of Pop, died at the age of 51 in 2009 while the Murphy, who co-starred with Marshall Bruce “Eminem” Mathers III in “8 Mile,” died at the age of 32 also in 2009.
Resulting from the heart’s failure to pump effectively, cardiac arrest is a sudden loss of blood flow, which usually leads to death if not treated within minutes. Its most common cause is coronary artery disease.
Meanwhile, here is the music video of “Better Day” by 100%, which was released by TOP Media in 2016: