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구하라 Koo Ha-ra

Koo Ha-ra ( 구하라 ) (January 13, 1991 – November 24, 2019) mononymously known as Hara also called Goo Ha-ra. She was a South Korean singer and actress. She was a member of the South Korean girl group Kara. Hara also appeared in television dramas including City Hunter (2011). She made her debut as a soloist in July 2015 with the release of her EPAlohara (Can You Feel It?). Hara was found dead at her home on November 24, 2019, aged 28.

Hara

Life and Career

Koo Ha-ra ( 구하라 ) was born on January 13, 1991, in Gwangju, South Korea. She participated in SM Entertainment’s youth appearance tournament in 2005. In 2007, she unsuccessfully auditioned to join JYP Entertainment. She attended Sungshin Women’s University. Goo joined the girl group, Kara, in 2008, following the departure of former member Kim Sung-hee. In October 2009, she became a cast member of the KBS’ reality show Invincible Youth. In 2011, she made her acting debut in SBS City Hunter. She and Nicole Jung became the new MCs for Inkigayo in November 2011. In 2013, she collaborated with Japanese musician and songwriter Fukuyama Masaharu to record a song called “Magic of Love” in Korean under the project group HARA+. In October 2013, Hara was appointed as the blood donation ambassador for the Hanmaum Blood Bank. Her own reality show titled On & Off aired on December 29, 2014, on MBC Music.

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In January 2015, she started hosting KBS’ idol beauty show A Style For You along with Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, EXID’s Hani, and Sistar’s Bora. In June 2015, she released a beauty book titled Nail HARA. Goo debuted as a solo artist with the release of the EP Alohara (Can You Feel It?) in July 2015, which peaked at #4 domestically. The title track “Choco Chip Cookies” features South Korean rapper Giriboy.

In October 2015, Goo joined the variety show Shaolin Clenched Fists. On January 15, 2016, Goo left DSP Media due to the expiration of her contract with the company, prompting Kara to go on an indefinite hiatus. She then joined KeyEast. In December 2016, she featured in Thunder’s single, “Sign”. Goo starred in a web movie titled Sound of a Footstep in August 2017.

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In November 2017, Goo joined the variety show Seoul Mate. She released a soundtrack for the drama Jugglers, titled “On A Good Day” in January 2018. In April 2018, she hosted the JTBC’s beauty show My Mad Beauty Diary. Hara was named honorary ambassador for the 6th Animal Film Festival in July.

Personal life

On January 5, 2010, during an appearance on the SBS reality show Strong Heart. Koo Ha-ra ( 구하라 ) admitted to getting dental and minor facial cosmetic surgery. She stated that she had always had double eyelids, but had surgery to make them more defined. On January 19, 2011, it was announced that Goo would be terminating her contract with her label DSP Media along with three other members of Kara, and a lawsuit was filed on their behalf. Later that day, it was announced that she would discontinue her involvement with the suit and rejoin the company, as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit’s details.

In 2018, Goo filed a lawsuit against her former boyfriend Choi Jong-bum for uploading a nude photograph of her without her consent. Choi was sentenced to one and a half years in prison. Three years of probation in the first trial held in August 2019 after being convicted of threatening, coercing, injuring, and destroying Goo’s property. On May 26, 2019, Goo attempted suicide in her apartment and was immediately taken to the hospital. Hara was found dead on November 24 at her home in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam. The police are investigating the cause of death.

EPS

Year Title Details
 2015 Alohara (Can You Feel It?) Released: July 14, 2015
Label: DSP Entertainment, 
Loen Entertainment
Format: CD, 
digital download
EPS

Singles

Year Title Album
2012Secret Love (시크릿 러브) Kara Solo Collection
2013Magic of Love (사랑의 마법) Galileo+
2015Choco Chip Cookies (초코칩쿠키)
feat. Giriboy)
Alohara (Can you feel it?)
2015How About Me? (어때)
(feat. YoungJi)
Alohara (Can you feel it?)
2018 WILDTBA
2019Midnight QueenTBA
Singles Songs

Other appearances

Year Song Album
2011 I Love You, I Want You, I Need You
(Sweet Acoustic Ver.)
City Hunter OST Special
2014 Talk About Love
2017 Sign Thunder
2018 On A Good Day Jugglers OST
Other Songs Appearance

Film

Year Title Role
2013 Kara The Animation Herself
2017 Sound of a Footstep Yoon-jae

Television Series

YearTitleRole
2008The Person Is Coming Gang of school girls (Cameo)
2009Hero Cameo
2011Urakara Hara
2011City Hunter Choi Da-hye
2013Galileo 2 Cameo
2014Secret Love Lee Hyun-jung
2014It’s Okay, That’s Love Cameo (Ep.16)
List Of Films

Reality Show

YearTitleNotes
2005 Unwavered Dreams Documentary
2008 Check it Girl Season 2 Fashionista Girl
2008-2009 Strange Casting – Season 2 Cast member
2009 Hunters Cast member
2009-2010 Invincible Youth Cast member
2014 ON & OFF: The Gossip Her first reality show
2015 A Style For You MC
2015 Shaolin Clenched Fists Cast member
2017 Seoul Mate Cast member
2018 My Mad Beauty Diary MC
Reality Show Appearance

Events Shows Hosting

Year Title Role
2011 Dream Concert 2011 Host
2011 Seoul-Tokyo Music Festival Host
2012Inkigayo Host
2012 Korean Music Wave in Kobe Host
2013Dream Concert 2013 Host
2013KBS Entertainment Awards Host
2014Hallyu Dream Festival 2014 Host
2015Dream Concert 2015 Host
2015Show! Champion – Yokohama Special Host
2016Power Of K 2016 Host
Hosting In Events

Awards

Year Award Category
2010KBS Entertainment AwardsBest Female MC Award
20115th Mnet 20’s Choice AwardHot Campus Girl
2011SBS Drama AwardsNew Star Award
2013’50th’ Savings DaySaving Award
20152015 Korean Nail Star AwardSinger Category Award
20152015 SBS Entertainment AwardsBest Challenge Award
2015 2015 SBS Entertainment AwardsBest Teamwork Award
Winned Awards

Aaminah Haq

Aamina Sheikh

Aiman Khan

Mahira Khan

Sushant Singh Rajput

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