Disney fans received some sad and sudden news this week.
According to Fox News, actress Kim Mi-soo died unexpectedly this week at the age of 29.
Rumors and speculation
The Disney+ star’s agent confirmed her death on Wednesday, according to reports, and urged the public to refrain from speculation regarding the cause.
“Kim suddenly left us on Jan. 5,” the representative said, according to Variety. “The bereaved are deep in their sorrow at the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can mourn in peace.”
The Korean actress was known for portraying Yeo Jung-min on the romantic drama series Snowdrop.
Set in South Korea during the 1980s, the show is produced by Korean companies JTBC Studios and Drama House while Disney+ handles its international promotion.
As Forbes explained, the show sparked controversy in South Korea over its portrayal of the nation’s pro-democracy movement as well as its northern neighbor. More than 300,000 individuals signed a petition calling for the show to be canceled and some companies have withdrawn their ads.
JTBC Studios addressed the controversy last month, issuing a statement that described much of the backlash to “misunderstandings regarding concerns of historical distortion and disparaging the democratization movement,” noting that the plotline of the show would address such issues directly.
“Snowdrop is a creative work that shows the personal stories of individuals who were used and victimized by those in power,” the statement said.
The production company noted that it “cannot reveal much of the plot ahead of each episode” and encouraged critics to stay tuned to find out how their complaints are resolved.
“The drama includes the production team’s intent of hoping for no repetition of an abnormal era in which individual freedom and happiness are oppressed by unjust power,” the statement concluded.
Kim’s death is the latest reason the series has received media attention and many of her fans and colleagues took to social media to share their thoughts. In addition to Snowdrop and various Korean TV productions, she also appeared in two Netflix-produced web series: The School Nurse Files and Hellbound.