After a hectic morning with the initial false report about COOL Yuri‘s death, WS Entertainment has released an official statement regarding the incident.
Through a press release, they stated the following:
“Hello, this is COOL Yuri’s agency WS Entertainment.
As the representative figure of the agency, I can’t hold back the shock and the upset emotions I have felt, and thus have decided to express our position on the matter through email.
This morning, one internet media outlet wrote that COOL member Yuri had passed away due to an unfortunate event.
The media outlet reported that Yuri had been at a bar with an acquaintance when she got into a fight with another individual and had gotten seriously injured, and passed away even though she was rushed to a hospital in Seoul Hannam-dong.
After seeing the article, I frantically gave Yuri a call right away. Luckily, she picked up and it was revealed that she had been at her residence during the time of the incident and that she that she had not been present at the scene. She was totally unaware about what was being reported.
I’m pained and upset about how an article about death can be put out without even one phone call to confirm with the agency. If they had given us just one call, it is something that could have been clarified.
Currently, Yuri is going through a rough time with the events that happened suddenly. In addition, her family as well as other people around her are still worried about her, so we are feeling anxious as well.
This is not just a simple happening, but rather a clear defamation of character and a scary situation on par with murder. As it is a matter dealing with life, we will be taking legal action against the reporter who first broke the news without confirming.
We hope that the media outlet in question will reveal their official position about how they could kill a person with just one line in an article without even confirming, and issue a correction article.
The identity of the victim of the reported incident has been revealed to be the former wife of COOL’s Kim Sung Soo, Ms. Kang. May she rest in peace.