Hours after the shocking announcement of the death of young Korean actress Song Yoo-jung, the South Korean showbiz industry hit the news of another death.
The 29-year-old rapper Jung Hun-cheol – who was given the stage name Iron – died today in hospital (January 25).
According to police reports, a security guard discovered him lying unconscious and bleeding on a flower bed in front of a residential area in Seoul at around 10.25 today. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. There is currently no other record of his death.
Iron, who celebrated his birthday on January 8, has been embroiled in controversy in recent years.
In December 2020, South Korean police booked him on charges of assaulting a minor, who was his roommate at the time, and receiving music lessons from him.
In September 2016, police booked him for punching his then-girlfriend in the face while they were having sex. A police report said he attacked her because “she did not listen to his demands.”
The following month, he strangled her and punched her in the face several times as she tried to end their relationship. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to work 80 hours of community service.
It was also reported in 2016 that he was under investigation for three different cases of illegal marijuana use between 2014 and 2015. He received a fine and two years probation instead of an eight-month prison sentence, and had to attend 40 hours of rehabilitation.
Iron shot to fame in 2014 after finishing second in the hip-hop survival program Show Me The Money 3 and releasing his own music as well as a collaboration with other pop stars.
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