K-pop entertainer and Ladies' Code singer EunB has died in a tragic car crash while travelling back to Seoul from a performance in Busan, South Korea.
The 22-year-old, whose real name is Go Eun Bi, was in the band's van when it crashed on a motorway in Suwon at around 1.30am on Wendesday morning. The surviving members of the band were hospitalised, with RiSe under close observation after undergoing emergency brain surgery.
The group's label, Polaris Entertainment, said in a statement: "After a schedule in Daegu on September 2, Ladies’ Code was headed back to Seoul. Around 1:30am in Suwon, an issue occured with the car′s back wheel coming off. With the rainy road and wheel coming off, the vehicle spun several times, hitting a guardrail."
"Due to this, Eun Bi unfortunately passed away. The other members, Rise is in critical condition while So Jung is injured and hospitalised, currently receiving treatment. The other members, manager, and stylists, who were in the car, did not receive serious injuries."
"We want to apologise to all the fans and everyone who have received much shock, and we ask for everyone to pray for the quick recovery of the members."
Sojung was also operated on for a bone fracture, while the remaining band members were being treated for shock. In a statement, Polaris Entertainment confirmed details of EunB’s funeral: "EunB’s remains are attended to at Korea University Anam Hospital. Her funeral will be held on the 5th."
Sohyun from fellow girl band 4minute wrote on Twitter: "I offer my deepest condolences. I cannot believe this heartbreaking news... It was only a while ago when we did a broadcast together... I will pray with all my might that everyone else may recover soon."
UPDATE: After being critically ill in hospital, EunB's bandmate RiSe passed away early on Sunday morning after sustaining serious head injuries in the collision. Polaris Entertainment released a statement: "‘At the time of the accident on the 3rd, RiSe obtained a big injury to her head and was moved to the hospital. She was operated on as much as possible for a long time, but she has ultimately passed away. Her parents, who came from Japan, and the label employees stayed with her at the end. We are sorry to give another sad news since the late EunB and we cannot hide our sorrow."
Our thoughts to go the artists' families at this tragic time.