Snowdrop actress, Kim Mi-soo, has suddenly died today at the age of 29. The historical K-drama was produced by JTBC Studio, airing last month on the Korean network JTBC and on the Disney+ streaming platform, exclusively in South Korea, marking Kim’s final appearance on-screen. Prior to Kim’s role in Snowdrop, she was also featured in the hit Netflix thriller series, Hellbound, portraying the role of Deacon Young-In and the beloved sister of the main protagonist (Kim Tae-hee) in the K-drama, Hi Bye, Mama!.
Snowdrop is a historical series set during the pro-democracy movement of 1987, starring Jung Hae-in as Im Soo-ho and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo as Eun Young-ro. In the series, Kim played the student activist majoring in History, Yeo Jung-min, supporting the star Jisoo as Young-ro’s dormmate. The television series was recently hit with controversy due to the alleged historical distortion and inaccuracy of the portrayal of the movement, criticized for glamorizing and romanticizing a sensitive time period of student protests in South Korea.
In a recent heartbreaking revelation, Landscape Entertainment reported Kim’s sudden death, disclosing that the cause is currently unknown. In a sincere plea, the agency asks people to refrain from spreading misinformation or theories surrounding the actress’ death, as they wish to provide comfort and condolences to her bereaved family. Read the translated statement from Variety below:
“Kim suddenly left us on Jan. 5,” her agency Landscape said in a statement on Wednesday. “The bereaved are deep in their sorrow at the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can mourn in peace.”
With the growing popularity of K-dramas, many have come to known Kim and her performances in various roles. The sorrowful and tragic news of Kim has met an onslaught of mourning fans expressing their support online, saddened by the sudden passing of the beloved actress. Despite the historical K-drama being hit with controversy, viewers have related to and adored Kim’s role in Snowdrop, as her character was driven by her ideologies and became a supporting fan-favorite throughout the pre-produced series. Kim was already becoming a recurring face within the entertainment industry in South Korea through her charming and resilient past roles, but her chapter had ultimately closed too soon as she still had more to bring to the table.
Many fans have grown to appreciate Kim’s performance as Jung-min, whether it was reminiscing the iconic Room 207 scene of Kim dancing with other her cast members or her versatile performance as the deacon in Hellbound. In response to the news, fans are sending their deepest condolences online to her family and to the team behind Snowdrop. Although Kim is no longer here, it is apparent that many will remember her and honor her passing. For now, the agency wishes for everyone to respect her family’s grief by refraining from spreading speculations and false narratives. May she rest in peace.
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