90s singer-songwriter Park Jeong-un dies aged 57

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Singer-songwriter Park Jeong-un [YONHAP]

Popular 90s singer-songwriter Park Jeong-un has died at the age of 57, fellow singer and singer Park Jun-ha told local media on Sunday.

Park Jeong-un was admitted to Asan Medical Center in Songpa District, south of Seoul, with problems related to diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver. His health deteriorated and he died in hospital.

Park was diagnosed with diabetes and liver damage in 2020.

Park Jun-ha told local reporters that Park Jeong-un is looking forward to getting better.

“Just a few weeks ago we were talking about the new album we were preparing together. He was playing me his past vocal demos and saying that he missed his clear voice when he was young. got worse and we should all prepare for the worst and in the end he didn’t wake up.”

Park Jeong-un and Park Jun-ha had been preparing a new album together since 2020. The two released an album in 2002 titled “Memories.. The Times That We Spent Together” (translated) with singer Kim Min-woo.

“After the funeral, we plan to restore Park Jeong-un’s voice to his lifetime as much as possible and release the album,” he said.

Park made his debut as a singer in 1989 with his debut album “Who, Me?” and is best known for songs such as “When Tomorrow Comes” (1990), “Night Like Tonight” (1992) “In Days To Come” (1992) and “Love For You” (1993, translated).

In 2017, Park was convicted of cryptocurrency fraud involving some 200 billion won ($144.3 million) and sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

BY LEE JIAN [lee.jian@joongang.co.kr]

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