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South Korean pop star who spoke out on cyber bullying found dead

In this filed photo taken on Sept. 30, 2015, South Korean pop star Sulli poses during the K-Beauty Close-Up event in Seoul. News reports on Oct. 14, 2019, say Sulli has been found dead at her home south of Seoul. (Newsis/AP)

SEOUL (Reuters) -- A former member of top South Korean girl group f(x), who had spoken out against cyber bullying, was found dead on Monday, police said.

The body of Choi Jin-ri, better known by her stage name Sulli, 25, was discovered at her home in Seongnam, south of the capital, Seoul, police said.

"Her manager visited her home after failing to reach her since their last call the night before," police said in a statement.

Sulli, 25, was grappling with severe depression, police said. They did not elaborate.

Sulli debuted with the five-member f(x) in 2009. It became one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea and helped fuel the global K-pop craze.

Sulli left the group in 2015 an launched a career as a solo singer and actress.

Most recently, she appeared on a television programme in which K-pop stars discussed their experiences with malevolent online comments.

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