Goo Ha-ra

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Goo Ha-ra
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Goo Ha-ra in August 2017
Goo Ha-ra

(1991-01-03)January 3, 1991
Gwangju, South Korea
DiedNovember 24, 2019(2019-11-24) (aged 28)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationSungshin Women's University
Years active2008–2019
Musical career
Years active2008–present
  • DSP Media
  • Content Y[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGu Ha-ra
McCune–ReischauerKu Ha-ra

Goo Ha-ra (Hangul: 구하라; January 3, 1991 – November 24, 2019) was a South Korean singer, known for being a member of girl group Kara formed by DSP Entertainment in 2007.

Early life[change | change source]

Goo Ha-ra was born on January 3, 1991, in Gwangju, South Korea. Before debuting, she participated in the SM's youth appearance tournament in 2005. In 2007, she auditioned for JYP, however, she lost the runoff.[2]

She was also an online shopping mall model, having been scouted after her photos were uploaded onto DSP's homepage. Thus, Goo Hara became a member of Kara. Currently, she postponed going to university in order to concentrate on her career.[3]

Career[change | change source]

Kara[change | change source]

Kara debuted on March 29, 2007. In 2008, however, a member, Kim Sunghee, left the group. DSP Entertainment replaced her with two new members, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung, and Kara made a comeback with Rock U, which changed their image from "Hip-hop" to "cute and playful".

In December 4, 2008, Kara started their comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[4] In February 2009, Kara released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first #1 single when it was at the top of the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[5]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[6] Due to the popularity of their songs Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. Kara recently started promotions with their third mini-album "Lupin".[7]

Solo activities[change | change source]

In late 2008, she appeared along with the other Kara members in an episode of MBC sitcom That Person is Coming, having the most prominent role as a female gang leader.

She joined MBC's Hunters, along with SS501's Kim Hyun Joong, Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Hwi Jae, Shin Jung Hwan and two professional hunters to catch overpopulated wild boars that have become a dangerous threat to people and crops. The first episode aired on December 6, 2009.[8] However, due to complaints about animal rights after the first episode, the show's format was quickly changed to Eco House; Goo Hara does not appear in the new show.

In October 2009, she became a cast member in KBS reality show Invincible Youth ("청춘불패").[9] In January 2015, she became a co-host in KBS A Style For You along with Hani.[10]

Death[change | change source]

On May 26, 2019, Goo tried to kill herself in her apartment and was hospitalized.[11][12]

On November 24, Goo was found dead at her home in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam.[13] Police investigation say suicide the likely cause of death.[14][15][16]

Filmography[change | change source]

Broadcasts Informations Dates
M.Net Strange Casting - Season 2
KBS Invincible Youth
MBC Sunday Sunday Night 《Hunters》

References[change | change source]

  1. ""박서준-한지혜-홍수현 등 이적"…콘텐츠와이 출범" [Park Seo Joon, Lee Hyun Woo, Goo Hara, And More Keyeast Actors To Move To Content Y]. SBS FunE (in Korean). June 26, 2017.
  2. "[스타의 모든것③] 구하라 "45명 중 38등이 최악의 성적"". May 10, 2019.
  3. (in Korean) 나 대학 갈래요! 갔어요! 내년에…
  4. (in Korean) Kim, Hyungoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/ December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  5. (in Korean) 카라 “소녀시대 게 섯거라” 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹 Archived 2009-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
  6. (in Korean) 걸그룹 대란속 ‘조용한’ 카라 뭐할까 “업그레이드 카라 온다” (What is "silent" Kara doing during the girl group uproar - "An Upgraded Kara is coming."). Newsen. June 16, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  7. "카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!". 26 February 2010.
  8. [단독]'일밤', '논란' 멧돼지잡이 끝..지구온난화방지 도전. Nate. December 23. 2009.
  9. "KBS '청춘불패', '아이돌 7공주'의 좌충우돌 시골생활 정착기". October 9, 2009.
  10. "Goo Hara and Kim Heechul to MC New Idol Beauty Show". Soompi. January 21, 2015.
  11. 구하라, 극단적 선택 시도…생명 지장 없어 - 스타투데이. (in Korean). May 26, 2019. Archived from the original on May 26, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  12. "Singer Goo Ha-ra apologizes for suicide attempt". The Korea Times. May 28, 2019. Archived from the original on May 28, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  13. "(LEAD) Female singer Goo Ha-ra found dead at her home". Yonhap News Agency. November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  14. Park, So-jung (November 24, 2019). "가수 구하라 자택서 숨진 채 발견...전날 SNS에 "잘자" 셀카 남겨". Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  15. "가수 구하라 자택서 숨진 채 발견…경찰 "조사중"". Yonhap News (in Korean). November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  16. K-Pop artist Goo Hara found dead at home aged 28 - BBC

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