Yohan Dead: Singer With K-Pop’s TST Dies at 28

Yohan Dead

Instagram/FS7 Official Yohan pictured on Instagram in April 2020.

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’

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Instagram/YohanThis was Yohan’s final Instagram post.

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.”

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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

일급비밀 (TST) – Count down MV♬ Available on iTunes, Apple Music : https://apple.co/2twALhf Listen on Spotify : https://spoti.fi/39Jdf16 일급비밀 (TST) – Count down MV 입니다. 일급비밀(TST) 4th Single Album <COUNTDOWN> 발매! 한번 들으면 절대 잊을 수 없는 순간 ‘COUNTDOWN’이 시작된다. 성숙함을 넘어 더욱 섹시하고 치명적인 일급비밀(TST)로 돌아왔다. 매해 새로운 모습으로 변신을 거듭하며, 지난 2월 3rd Single Album ‘WAKE UP’을 통해 신나고 일급비밀(TST)의 개성 있는 스타일을 보여줬다면, 이번 4th Single Album ‘COUNTDOWN’은 지금까지 보지 못한 도발적이고 야성적인 모습을 볼 수 있다. 일급비밀(TST)의 스토리를 확장시킨 ‘낙원(PARADISE)’은 꿈(夢)과 현실(現實)을 기본테마로 메시지를 그려갔다. 꿈(夢) 버전의 확장판인 전작 ‘WAKE UP’은 가장 소중한 것을 꿈속에서 찾아내는 스토리를 담아내고 있다. 이 스토리의 연장선으로 이어진 ‘COUNTDOWN’은 현실(現實) 버전의 또 다른 시작을 연결시키는 중요한 키워드가 된다. ‘COUNTDOWN’은 꿈속에서 찾던 소중한 것을 시간을 돌고 돌아 현실에서 찾아 시작하는 스토리로 그동안 감춰왔었던 일급비밀(TST) 멤버들의 정열적이고 도발적인 섹시미와 함께 강렬한 에너지를 볼 수 있다. 곡 소개 Glich Bass를 메인에 두고 trap과 synth pop 장르가 어우러진 곡으로 더욱 섹시하고 강렬해진 일급비밀(TST)의 새로워진 매력과 야성적인 가사가 함께 묻어나 지금까지 보지 못한 일급비밀(TST)만의 섹시함을 볼 수 있는 곡이다. 특히 이번 앨범에서는 에릭남 타이틀곡 ‘솔직히..’에 참여한 작곡가 김승호와 재기 발랄한 신예 작곡가 박건욱, 엑소와 걸스데이, 에일리 등의 메가 히트곡의 작사가인 오유원이 의기투합하여 앨범의 완성도를 더 했다. 또한 랩 메이킹에 일급비밀(TST) 멤버 정훈이 참여해 극강의 섹시함을 더 했다. 안무는 디테일이 살아 숨 쉬는 C_flex 권재승 안무가와 호흡을 맞춰 일급비밀(TST)의 도발적인 퍼포먼스를 기대해 볼 수 있다. 뮤직비디오는 참신하고 기발한 아이디어를 매번 선보이는 이사강감독이 메가폰을 잡았으며, 일급비밀(TST)만의 치명적인 섹시미를 선보이며, 이미지 변신에 힘을 실어주었다. 한층 더 짙어진 일급비밀(TST) 또 다른 모습으로 나타날 일급비밀(TST)의 모습이 기대된다. 작사 : 김승호(CLEF), 박건욱(CLEF). 오유원(JessicaOh) ,정훈, CLEF CREW 작곡 : 김승호(CLEF), 박건욱(CLEF), 오유원(JessicaOh), CLEF CREW 편곡 : 김승호(CLEF), 박건욱(CLEF) 코러스 : Bull$EyE (불스아이)2020-01-02T09:00:04Z

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.

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