Singer Shin Hae-chul Dead at 46

      October 28, 2014 10:35

      Shin Hae-chul

      Legendary singer-songwriter Shin Hae-chul died on Monday evening from complications in the wake of a heart attack. He was 46.

      Shin went into cardiac arrest during a bowel operation on Oct. 22. He was revived and transferred to intensive care at the Asan Medical Center in Seoul.

      But he arrived in critical condition and developed complications from peritonitis and septicaemia. He was in a coma for five days before succumbing to his illness.

      A new breed of sophisticated pop musician, Shin won the music contest in 1988 while a philosophy student at Sogang University. He released his first album in 1990.

      Together with Shin Seung-hoon and Seo Tai-ji, Shin was an icon of the 1990s.

      Late in the decade he ventured into more experimental, avant-garde music. He formed rock band N.EX.T. -- for New Experiment Team -- while his trademark vitriolic lyrics attacked the oppressive social climate.

      He also hosted a late-night radio program, discovering and introducing indie musicians to the mainstream. He was politically outspoken.

      When Roh Moo-hyun became president, Shin was mooted as culture minister but rejected the idea. "Do you think I've been making music all these years just to be a little minister?" he said.

      Shin released a mini album in July and told with the Chosun Ilbo, "My next project is to make music that follows western styles while reflecting the characteristics of the Korean language." It was not to be.

      He is survived by his wife Yoon Won-hee, a son and a daughter.

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