Korean singer Choi Sung-bong, who was the first runner-up in Korea’s Got Talent in 2011 died by suicide on Wednesday, at the age of 33. The Seoul maintained that the artist was found dead at his home in the Yeoksam-dong district in southern Seoul on Tuesday. While Choi Sung-bong shot to fame at a very young age, it was his cancer hoax that led to his downfall.
The musician sparked controversy after he raised a fundraising campaign stating that he was fighting multiple forms of cancer. He also mentioned his financial woes and said that he needed money for the latest album. It was later exposed to be a hoax.
Choi confessed the same and promised to return the funds he received. Choi stated, "...I am not currently suffering from cancer and I admit that I am not suffering from colon, prostate, thyroid, lungs, brain, and heart cancer.”
Hours before his death, Choi uploaded a note on YouTube implying suicide and the note read: "I sincerely apologize to all who suffered from my foolish mistake."
Choi Sung-bong is also known to have signed a record deal with the Korean label Bong Bong Company. He was quite famous and received praise from bigwigs such as Justin Bieber, BoA, and Jung-Hwa Um among others.
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