Yohan, a singer with K-pop’s TST, died on June 16 at the age of 28. The news was confirmed by KJ Music Entertainment, which manages TST. Yohan’s cause of death has not been made public.
Yohan’s real name was Kim Jeong-hwan, according to the Asia News Network. TST, formerly Top Secret, was formed by JSL Company in 2017. Yohan featured in the group alongside Junghoon, Yonghyun, Wooyoung, Ain, K and former member Kyeongha, according to Wikipedia. The band had hits including “Love Story,” “Paradise,” “Wake Up,” “She” and “Mind Control.” Their most recent album, Count Down, was released in January 2020. A statement from the band’s management asked fans to not spread rumors regarding Yohan’s death on social media.
The statement announcing Yohan’s death read in full, via Korea Boo:
We have come to tell everyone very sad and heartbreaking news. TST member Yohan passed away on June 16. The bereaved family is in great sadness. We sincerely ask the media to refrain from spreading rumors and speculation on Yohan’s cause of death.
We would like to send our deepest condolences to Yohan as [he] goes on.
Yohan’s Final Instagram Post on May 31 Was Accompanied With the Caption, ‘I Want to Travel’
Yohan’s last activity on Instagram came on May 31. The photos showed him in various locations accompanied by the caption, “I want to travel.” Yohan had nearly 30,000 followers on his Instagram page. One fan paid tribute to Yohan in a tweet reading, “Honestly I don’t know what to say.. I’m still in shock. My heart is aching so much. He was such a wonderful artist and person and I’m gonna miss him so much. I love you forever Yohan. R.I.P.”
Yohan’s wake will be held at Severance Hospital in Sinchon, Seoul, South Korea, and he will be buried in the Yongin Catholic Park Cemetery on June 18, according to the Asia News Network. That outlet noted that news of Yohan’s death was first reported in his homeland by cable broadcaster SPOTV.
In Addition to Singing, Yohan Also Played the Piano & the Drums
Yohan joined TST in 2017 after his previous group, NOM disbanded, according to the Asia News Network. NOM formed in 2013, according to Korea Boo. According to the website KProfiles, Yohan celebrated his 28th birthday on April 16. Yohan was a native of the city of Ulsan, located just under 200 miles southeast of the South Korean capital of Seoul. In addition to singing, Yohan also played the drums and the piano. The profile lists his other favorite K-pop bands as Vixx, BTOB, Infinite and B.A.P. Away from music, Yohan’s favorite hobby was listed as watching movies, the site reported.
Yohan maintained a YouTube channel with his bandmate Ain. Ain and Yohan had been in the band NOM together. The pair regularly posted videos showing them doing pranks, vlogging and giving food reviews. Ain enlisted in the Korean military in April 2020 as part of his national service.
In 2018, TST endured a scandal when former member Kyeongha was sentenced to 18 months prison after being found guilty of a sexual assault that occurred in December 2014. Shortly after his sentencing, the group announced that Kyeongha was no longer a member of TST.