Cha In-ha: K-pop celebrity found dead at home in Seoul - the third in two months

A South Korean pop star and actor has been found dead at his home in Seoul - the third K-pop celebrity to die in less than two months.

Cha In-ha was a member of the boy band Surprise U and also starred in new romantic comedy series Love With Flaws.

The 27-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Lee Jae-ho, was found by his manager, according to the Korean Daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo.

South Korean talent agency Fantagio confirmed his death in a statement, saying it was "filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe".

The statement added: "We earnestly ask for rumours to not be spread and for speculative reports to not be released in order for his family, who is experiencing greater sadness more than anyone due to the sudden sad news, to send him away peacefully.

"As wished by his family, the funeral will be held privately. We express deep mourning for his passing."

Police said the singer's body was found on Tuesday, and the cause of death was not immediately known.

In an Instagram post the day before, he had told fans to take care in the cold winter.

His death comes after K-pop singer Goo Hara was found dead at her home last month.

The 28-year-old was discovered by a friend in the Gangnam region of Korea's capital.

It has been reported that she was previously found unconscious at her home in May after she made an attempt to take her own life.

She had appealed to fans on social media for positivity after saying she was finding it difficult to overcome depression.

Hara had been subjected to personal attacks on social media after a public dispute with a former partner whom she claimed was threatening to leak a sex tape, while he alleged she had assaulted him.

In October, fellow K-Pop star Sulli, one of Hara's friends, was also found dead at her home in Seoul.

The 25-year-old had spoken out against cyber bullying.

She was also known as an outspoken feminist in South Korea - a rarity among women performers in the relatively conservative country.

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