Kim Ji-hoon (singer)

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Kim Ji-hoon
Born (1973-05-05)May 5, 1973
Seoul, South Korea
Died December 12, 2013(2013-12-12) (aged 40)
Seoul, South Korea
Cause of death Suicide by hanging
Nationality Korean
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Record producer
  • actor
  • Television presenter
  • VJ
Years active 1990–2013
Spouse(s) divorced (2010)
Children son (Born in 2007)[1]
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Guitar
Years active 1990–2013
Labels G.F. Entertainment
Associated acts
  • Two Two (1994–1996.2)
  • Gang (1998)
  • Duke (2000–2007)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Ji-hoon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chihun

Kim Ji-hoon (May 5,[2] 1973 – December 12, 2013)[3] was a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, television presenter, and VJ. He is best known as the lead singer of Two Two and lead singer and leader of 'Duke', which is another Korean pop group.

His representative works are 'One and a Half' (일과 이분의 일) and 'Starian' (Lyrics by Duke, Composed by Kim Ji-hoon). He committed suicide in December 12, 2013.


On December 12, 2013, around 1 p.m. (KST), Kim was found dead, after hanging himself by the neck on a t-shirt wrapped around a shower stall, in his hotel room, by a younger acquaintance who had plans with him to eat lunch together that day.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Educational Background[edit]

  • Seoul Buksung Elementary School
  • Hanseong Middle School
  • Seoul Inchang High School
  • Myongji College (major in Practical Music)


Regular albums[edit]

Two Two
  • TWO TWO(a.k.a. 일과 이분의 일) (1994)
  • TWO TWO 2 (1995)
  • KIM JI HOON VOL. 1 (1997)
  • 2000 Duke Part One (2000)
  • Two House – Prism(2000)
  • In Autumn (A Road, Sky And D.K) (2002)
  • Pornography (2004)

Special Edition[edit]

  • Gang First Album(1998)
  • Duke Summer Special (2001)
  • Duke Story of Winter (Winter Special Great Hit Remix) (2002)
  • The Rebirth of Duke (2006)
  • Kim Ji Hoon Memorial album (김지훈 정식 추모앨범) (2014) : Even Teardrops in your Eyes (그대 눈물까지도) (Digital Single)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • '90 KBS Youth Song Festival (KBS 청소년 창작가요제) (1991) : A Passed Moment Turn into the Broken Heart (지나간 순간은 찢겨진 가슴되어)
  • '94 Tomorrow Will be Late (내일은 늦으리) (1994) : To the Beautiful World (아름다운 세상으로), The Cry of a Warrior (용사의 외침)
  • Christmas of Roo'ra and Two Two (1994)
  • Guardian angel (2001) : Guardian angel
  • Dj처리의 Cross Over Vol. 1 (2001) : Last Night's Story, One Night Stand
  • Happy Christmas Last Christmas(2001) : X-Mas Party (Feat. DJ 사빈, DJ 이탁)
  • Stars on 45 Carol – 45 Celebrities who Honored Christmas (크리스마스를 빛낸 45인의 명사들) (2002) : Feliz Navidad
  • I Love Christmas + Dance + Hiphop (2002) : White Christmas [Kim Ji-hoon, Seong-ho, So Chan-whee, As One, Lee Ji-hoon, Chae Ri-na, J.G, Cha Hee-mang]
  • Kiss in the Rain (2004) : We Can Do, Love Hunters
  • Golden Bride OST (2007) : I Love You (a.k.a. 사랑합니다)
  • Lee Eun Ha, My Song My Jazz (2012) : You don't have to say you love me (Feat. Kim Ji-hoon)



Year Title Role Network
2001 Lipstick housekeeper ITV
New Nonstop Department of Vocal Music student Kim Ji-hoon (Cameo appearance) MBC
2003 Non stop3 Kim Ji-hoon MBC
2007 Kimchi Cheese Smile (Episode 70) doctor (Cameo appearance) MBC
Kimchi Cheese Smile (Episode 83) journalist (Cameo appearance) MBC


Year Title Role
2004 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant Homeless


Year Title Role
2002 Hongawara
2009 The Great Show (a.k.a. 위대한 Show)[6] Jo Dong-pal (North Korean military officer)


Year Company name Product name
1994 Micro Micro touch mechanical pencil
1994 Miko Fancy Miko Fancy
1994 Lotte Confectionery Gae-seong-pa candy bar
1994 Korea Cable Television Association (KCTA) 30 Channels of Cable television
2000 Orion Confectionery Sae-al
2000 Orion Confectionery Beatles


Year Awards name Merit categories
1994 Korea Visual and Records Grand Prize Award Newcomer Awards of the Year
1994 Seoul Music Awards[7][8][9] Rap/Dance Awards (The field of Rap/Dance field Great Prize)[10]
1994 KBS Music Awards[11][12] Newcomer Awards of the Year
1994 Golden Disk Main Prize (Bonsang Awards)[13]
2002 The Most Popular Entertainment Awards in Korea (한국최고인기연예대상) New generation Singer Awards (신세대가수상)[14]


  1. ^ Singer Kim Ji-hoon begat a son before his wedding ceremony Archived March 4, 2018, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ His actual birthday is February 17(according to the lunar calendar), but date of birth by resident registration number is May 5. Related article – 단독영상 "보고 싶습니다"…故 김지훈, 사망 1주기 추모식 '눈물 바다', OBS, 2014.12.12 Archived November 10, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Duke's Kim Ji Hoon passes away after committing suicide Archived December 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "[Breaking] Duke's Kim Ji Hoon Found Dead in Hotel By Police, Possibly by Suicide". Soompi. December 12, 2013. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kim Ji Hoon Had Suffered From Depression Since Last Year and Other Updates on Singer's Possible Suicide". Soompi. December 12, 2013. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ 김지훈 “가수로 보는 사람이 몇이나 될까” , 노컷뉴스, 2009.02.25
  7. ^ 'One and a half' (Performance on the stage) Archived March 4, 2018, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Winners of Seoul Music Awards 1994 Archived March 4, 2018, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ TV guide for 1994 Seoul Music Awards [1]The Dong-a Ilbo p. 28, 1994.12.04
  10. ^ Group Two Two's activities stopped altogether, The Daily Sports Seoul, reporter – 류수근, page 18, 1994.12.28
  11. ^ KBS Music Awards (K2 8:25 pm), The Hankyoreh, 1994.12.30
  12. ^ 올 최고인기 연예인 누굴까(Who is the Most Popular Singer of This Year?), The Dong-a Ilbo,1994.12.26
  13. ^ Entertainment Flim newspaper(연예영화신문) No.216, 1995.01.11
  14. ^ Related Article : 굴곡 많은 삶 등지고 세상 떠난 투투 출신 가수 고 김지훈, Woman Chosun(여성조선), reporter – 임언영, cameraman – 신승희, 2013.12.24 Archived November 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

[Category:Dead South Korean Musicians]]