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ASTRO’s Moonbin: It has been 1 year since the passing of ASTRO’s Moonbin

It has been one year since the passing of ASTRO’s Moonbin.

Moonbin was found deceased in his residence in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on April 19, 2023, at the age of 25.

Debuting with ASTRO in 2016, Moonbin took on the roles of main dancer and sub-vocalist, actively engaging in various activities. Apart from unit activities, he also made notable appearances in acting and variety shows, garnering much love for his versatile charms.

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The sudden news of his passing shocked the entertainment industry. Cha Eunwoo, who was fulfilling schedules in the United States, hurriedly returned home, and MJ, who was serving in the military, took emergency leave to visit the mortuary. Music broadcast programs like “M Countdown” and “Music Bank” solemnly mourned the deceased in a quiet atmosphere, and even at held events, they conveyed condolences and shared grief.

The agency stated, “Moonbin suddenly left us to become a star in the sky. It’s even more heartbreaking to convey this sudden news to the fans who supported and showered him with unconditional love. We deeply feel the deceased’s heart, which always loved and cherished fans more than anyone.”

Following the wishes of the family, after a private funeral ceremony, Fantagio set up a memorial space at their office to allow fans and entertainment industry colleagues to pay respects to the deceased. Along with Moonbin’s younger sister and current member of Billlie, Moon Sua, ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo, SEVENTEEN‘s Seungkwan, VIVIZ’s SinB, and others visited the memorial space, reminiscing about the memories shared with the deceased.

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The memorial space, which was in operation until the age of 49, has now been relocated to Gukcheongsa Temple in Namhansanseong.

The agency explained, “After careful consultation with the bereaved family, we prepared an external memorial space so that AROHAs, who always sent Moonbin warm greetings, could continue to warmly greet Moonbin for a little longer.”

Although Moonbin was not a Buddhist, at the request of the family, a “Space of the Moon” was prepared in a part of Gukcheongsa Temple in Namhansanseong. As Cha Eunwoo and Sanha were among the first to visit, fans’ footsteps continue, and the longing for him persists.

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