Korean singer Kim Han Il, who rose to fame in China after competing on a reality show, has passed away at the age of 27.
The singer – who was also known by the stage name of Jack Kim – passed away suddenly during a trip to Jeju Island on February 6, according to a rep. He was reportedly suffering from an illness, although further details have not been released.
Adds a statement released by his label in China, “We feel sorrow and pity to be delivering such sudden, unfortunate news. He was a talented, fun, lively, kind person who loved music. Kim Han Il’s family and friends are wrapped in sorrow. We hope that he will continue to be happy with his music in a different world. Rest in peace, our beloved Han Il. Please refrain from any additional, unofficial reports on his death.”
Kim Han Il leaves behind a wife, who posted about the tragic loss on Weibo, writing, “I will wait for you to come back and embrace me.” The pair were married last summer.
Il also appeared on China’s version of Abnormal Summit as well as other popular variety shows in China.