Kim Sung-jae

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Kim Sung-jae
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Background information
Birth name Kim Sung Jae
Born (1972-04-18)April 18, 1972
Seoul, South Korea
Died November 20, 1995(1995-11-20) (aged 23)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, Korean hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, dancer, model
Years active 1990–1995
Associated acts Deux
Korean name
Hangul 김성재
Revised Romanization Gim Seong-jae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sǒng-chae

Kim Sung-jae (Hangul: 김성재; Hanja: 金成宰; April 18, 1972 – November 20, 1995) was a South Korean singer, rapper, dancer, and model, best known as a member of Deux, an influential early K-pop and Korean hip hop group that rose to fame in the early 1990s.[1][2] Kim died of an apparent murder in 1995 at the age of 23, although to some the exact circumstances surrounding his death are considered an unsolved mystery.[3]


Several months after Deux broke up, Kim released his debut solo album, As I Told You, on November 19, 1995.[2] He performed the album's title track the same day on an SBS music program and then returned to his hotel room with his girlfriend and members of his entourage. He was found dead in his hotel room the next day, and police ruled the cause of death a heart attack caused by karōshi, or overworking.[1] However, 28 needle marks were later discovered on his right arm, and an autopsy found traces of an animal anesthetic, or animal stimulant in his body.[4] His girlfriend was arrested for the alleged murder of Kim and was sentenced to life in prison, but was later acquitted due to lack of evidence. The case still has been considered an unsolved mystery.[5]


With Deux[edit]

Solo album[edit]

  • 말하자면 (As I Told You) (1995)

See also[edit]

  • Kim Sung-jae's Girlfriend
  • Deux


  1. ^ a b Mun, Gap-sik (2009-01-17). "[Why] 14년만에 다시 쓰는 '듀스' 김성재 살인사건…". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b "김성재". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  3. ^ Choe, Seung-hyeon (2009-02-27). "[故 김성재 추모 특집] 전설의 뮤지션, 신묘한 댄서, 우리는 지금도 그를 원한다". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Way Back Wednesday : Originators of Swag in K-pop, Deux". Allkpop. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  5. ^ Jeong Hyeon-su (정현수) (2009-02-18). 광고모델로 부활한 듀스 김성재 사연 (in Korean). Money Today.