"The pre-release event for IU's fifth mini-album 'Love Poem' was suspended and we plan to announce a new schedule later," Kakao M, the 26-year-old's agency, said in a statement. IU was to roll out a series of pre-releases for her new album, set for release on October 18.
IU and Sulli had a long history of friendship that began in 2011 when the two artists appeared in a weekly TV music show as main hosts. IU has personally written lyrics for her single "Peach", a song about Sulli, in 2012, saying it was written from the perspective of a male thinking about Sulli.
After the death of Sulli, Peach has reappeared on the top 50 of real-time song charts of major music services. The song is currently on the No. 4 spot on Bugs, a popular South Korean online music service.
Choi Jin-ri, known by her stage name Sulli, was found dead Monday at the second story of her house in Seongnam, a southern satellite city of Seoul. No last note was found, but police raised suspicions about suicide, pointing to a self-written note of usual feelings.
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