Pop-Rock Legend Shin Hae-chul Dead at 46

The Korean music scene lost one of its biggest names last night as icon Shin Hae-chul died yesterday due to complications from a heart attack suffered five days ago. Kim had fallen into a coma after suffering a heart attack five days ago at the Asan Medical Center in Seoul after complications including an infection in his intestines. 

The 46-year-old Shin was one of the pioneers of the early Korean rock scene, with over 30 releases since his debut in 1998. He was a member of the avantgarde experimental group N.EX.T., which drew criticism following their 2004 performance of the controversial song “Dear America” in which pop sensation Psy participated and nearly derailed his performance at President Obama’s inauguration.

His agency KCA Entertainment released a statement saying,The medical team revealed that the cause of death was a hypoxic-ischemic brain injury.  After Shin Hae Chul visited the emergency room of Asan Medical Center on October 22 at 2:00 PM KST in a comatose state, he received the best treatment including emergency surgery, but he passed away in the end.  Despite everybody’s earnest desire for Shin Hae Chul’s recovery and despite the medical team’s efforts, he was unable to make a recovery and we send our deep condolences to his family.”

Shin had become an influential music producer and hosted the MBC show “Ghost Nation”.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.


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