A tragic end. Van of Korean rock band Broken Valentine and reality series Top Band has passed away.
The 33-year-old lead vocalist — real name Kim Kyung Mi — died after a horrific drowning accident on Sunday, August 2, while on a trip with friends.
An announcement from the singer’s agency, posted to Twitter and Facebook, reads, “We regret to report sudden and heartbreaking news. Broken Valentine’s vocalist Van, who has been with [the agency] for over 13 years, has unexpectedly left us due to an accident.”
Details of the wake and funeral were also announced with both taking place at the Dongsuwon General Hospital in the city of Suwon on Wednesday, August 5.
Broken Valentine debuted in 2005 with single “Alien” and promoted in various rock festivals as well as across the indie scene before later featuring on KBS 2’s first season of reality talent series, Top Band.
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The group were due to perform a series of gigs this summer but plans have understandably been put on hold. May he rest in peace.