Another tragedy affected the K-Pop world last Friday with the incident that claimed many fans’ lives and left others injured after a ventilation shaft cover collapsed. With events such as these, a lot of information was passed around and sometimes we aren’t really sure what is actual fact.
In this article, we at Officially KMusic will try to sum up the information that we know is true, mostly to give you guys an insight as to what actually happened.
We do know that the incident claimed 16 fans’ lives that fell 3 stories down and left at least 9 injured. Early on, it was reported that only 2 had died, but the death toll quickly rose to 16, with most of the fans passing away at the scene.
The group of fans were standing on a ventilation grate for a better view of 4Minute‘s performance at the 1st Pangyo Techno Valley Festival when the grate broke under the combined weight and collapsed underneath them.
Since this incident occurred, United Cube Entertainment released an official statement through OSEN saying, “There is no way to measure the amount of grief in our hearts. The members and staff didn’t know what had happened during their performance and only learned of the accident on their way back to Seoul. We hope no more people are hurt because of this incident.”
Later on, we learned that one of the security officials in charge of the festival committed suicide afterwards. Labeled with only the surname Oh, the gentleman was found deceased only a few hours after he was interrogated by police. He was said to have jumped off a bridge near where the festival was held.
Recently, members HyunA and Gayoon announced they would halt their activities for the time being in respect for the fans that lost their lives. The two were supposed to attend Seoul Fashion Week, Gayoon was scheduled to go to the Lucky Chouette 2015 S/S Collection event held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel on the 19th and HyunA was set to make an appearance at Steve J & Yoni P‘s fashion show on the 20th but they decided not to go in light of what happened.
We are not aware of any more information regarding this incident. We will keep you updated if more comes to our attention.
It is a mass tragedy that have claimed many lives and affected not only friends and families of these fans and the security official, but the entire K-Pop community. For those who are still injured, we here at KMusic will pray for a speedy recovery for them.
Edited by: LeighDarling