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Who is Jung Joong-ji? Controversial Produce 101 trainee dies by suicide

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Since appearing in Season 2 of Mnet’s Produce 101, Jung Joong-ji has been involved in several controversies, including sexual assault

Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicide and sexual assault

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: K-pop idols are rarely plagued by controversy, but sometimes there are trainees or idols involved in scandals that end up ruining their careers. So does Jung Joong-ji (Jung-ji), the second-season contestant of Mnet’s survival show Produce 101. After a (now-deleted) Twitter post by his mother went viral, fans learned the controversial trainee let the idol take his life days after his 30th birthday.

On September 19, Joong-ji’s mother tweeted @myson12 that the trainee had died by suicide. The caption of the post read: “Hello. I am Jung Joong-ji’s mother. It’s sad to say, but my son took his own life.” She added, “I can’t put into words how I feel right now.” According to the post, Jung Joong-ji died on September 9.

Who is Jung Joong-ji from Produce 101?

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The ‘Produce 101’ trainee has been plagued by controversy and had reportedly released a suicidal message back in 2017 when he was first embroiled in a sexual assault controversy. Back in 2017 when Joong-ji was scheduled to appear on the Mnet Survival Show. Then one of his acquaintances claimed that Jung Joong-ji inappropriately touched her while the two were at a movie theater. Not only that, Joong-ji then accused his agency of fabricating the weird sexual assault rumor as part of noise marketing. However, his former label rejected the allegations. Later that same year, Jung Joong-ji claimed he was bullied by Wanna One during Yoon Ji-sung’s show “Produce 101.”

Fans who have heard of Jung Joong-ji’s death now, years after the controversy, offer their condolences to his family in the hope that he rests in peace. One fan said: “This must be a lesson for anyone who isn’t an artist. Everything you say has consequences as you don’t know what they are going through. You have your opinion that can ruin someone, stick to yourself. Stop dragging someone else.” Another fan replied: “A while back he said his own agency was the one that started his SA rumours and I’m sure since it came from his company people believed it without fact checking and he probably didn’t have any support and it led to, so sad.”

Another fan said: “It’s always a long time before someone takes their own life before everyone realizes they’ve suffered. Every time a rumor pops up, no one does anything to find out if it’s true or not, but netizens attack it without any evidence or investigation. Until it becomes a pattern.” Another fan said, “Just wish peace for his family. He rest in peace. He didn’t deserve this, may he finally be put to rest.” One fan said, “I’m saddened by his suicide. However, when PD ended, he became an actor and signed on with other companies (KEYEAST), yes he ended up in good company. I don’t know why he committed suicide but the rumors from five years ago and he had a new life for a long time.” Another fan replied, “People don’t just forget these kind of rumors. Imagine you work and people avoid you and give you disgusted looks. I can imagine how alone he was.”

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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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