What a week is has been for the South Korean music industry and the international entertainment industry alike.
Following the fatal car accident which claimed Ladies’ Code member EunB’s life, RiSe (real name Kwon Ri-se) passed away after having succumbed to her critical head injuries. She had a few emergency surgeries to address the significant injuries to her head, after which she laid in the neurosurgical intensive care unit (ICU) for over 80 hours.
RiSe never woke up.
Her funeral is now underway at the Korean University Anam Hospital. It has been confirmed that RiSe’s funeral will be held in both Korea and Japan (where RiSe grew up as a fourth generation Korean Japanese). Yesterday, Ladies’ Code’s agency Polaris Entertainment released a statement which read:
After her cremation at the Seoul Memorial Park, she will cross over to Japan with her family where there will be another funeral with her family, friends, and acquaintances in Japan. After that, she will be laid to rest there.
All members Ashley, Sojung, and Zuny will be participating in saying farewell. After the funeral finishes, we will inform you on the members’ progress and whether they will be discharged from the hospital.
We hope you will remember the bright and pretty faces of both members RiSe and EunB for a long time. We also ask that you continue giving a lot of support and prayers for the people who are sadder than anybody else: their family and the members Ashley, Sojung, and Zuny.
Many South Korean celebrities and K-Pop idols alike took time off their busy schedules to say their last goodbyes to RiSe. Some of the South Korean entertainment icons that attended RiSe’s wake are such as:
- Yoo Jaesuk
- KARA’s Gyuri
- Boys Republic
- ZE:A’s Hwang Kwanghee
- Moon Junyoung
- Oh Yoona
- Jung Joon
Of course, the remaining Ladies’ Code members Ashley, Sojung, and Zuny were also present.
As heartbreaking as it sounds, this would be the second time Ashley and Zuny are attending a fellow member’s funeral in just the span of a week. We cannot imagine the immense amount of sadness that they must feel.
RiSe’s funeral rites were held by Rise’s mother, grandmother, sister, brother, and other family members yesterday.
Pictures from RiSe’s funeral here:
Let’s now take a look back at EunB’s and RiSe’s lives, in loving memory of the girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, fans, and loved ones of both EunB and RiSe, and the remaining Ladies’ Code members.
Stay strong, Ladies’ Code.