Kwon Ri-se

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Kwon Ri-se
Kwon Ri-se (2013, cropped).jpg
Ri-se in May 2013.
Born (1991-08-16)August 16, 1991
Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Died 7 September 2014(2014-09-07) (aged 23)
Suwon, South Korea
Cause of death Traffic collision
Occupation Singer
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–2014
Associated acts Ladies' Code, David Oh
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gwon Rise
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn Rise

Kwon Ri-se (August 16, 1991 – September 7, 2014), better known by her stage name RiSe, was a Japanese singer of Korean descent. She was a member of the South Korean girl group Ladies' Code under Polaris Entertainment. Prior to her joining Ladies' Code, she participated in Miss Korea 2009 and was crowned as "Miss Korea Japan Jin". She was one of the Top 12 contestants of MBC's Star Audition The Great Birth.[1] Born in Fukushima, Japan, she was fluent in Japanese as well as Korean.[2]


Rise was born in Japan and was a fourth-generation Korean Japanese. She attended Fukushima Korea Junior High School (ja), Tokyo Korean School, and completed her university education at Seikei University, majoring in Economics and Business Administration.[3] Before joining Ladies' Code, Rise was also active as a model and previously participated in Miss Korea 2009 as the Japan representative.[1] She signed with KeyEast after Star Audition The Great Birth in 2011.[4]

In 2011, Rise appeared in the third season of MBC's reality show We Got Married, where she was paired up with former Birth of a Great Star contestant, David Oh.[5][6] She also filmed a LG commercial for LG Optimus 3D with David Oh in the same year.[7]

In 2013, Rise's contract with KeyEast expired and she went on and signed a contract with Polaris Entertainment as she wished to pursue a music career. Polaris Entertainment revealed in an interview that Rise was preparing for her debut in a girl group.[8]

Music career[edit]

2013–2014: Music debut with Ladies' Code[edit]

On February 24, 2013, the teaser for Rise was released on Polaris Entertainment official YouTube channel. After a series of video teasers of the members of Ladies' Code, the music video for their debut was released on March 6, 2013. Their debut mini album, Code#1 Bad Girl was released on March 7, 2013, through online music stores and the group performed on M! Countdown on the same day.[9]

On September 1, 2013, Ladies' Code released the video teaser for their second EP's title song, Pretty Pretty. The music video for the title track was released on September 3, 2013, and the EP, Code#02 Pretty Pretty, was released on September 5, 2013. On February 13, 2014, the official music video for their first single, So Wonderful was released and the group performed the new song for the first time on M! Countdown on February 13.[10]

On August 6, 2014, the music video for Ladies' Code second single, Kiss Kiss was released on Loen Music's official YouTube channel and the single was released on August 7, 2014.[11][12]

Ladies' Code car accident[edit]

At approximately 1:30am on September 3, 2014 (KST), Rise was critically injured in a serious car accident when the group was returning to Seoul after attending the recording of KBS "Open Concert" at DGIST (and thus completing promotions for "Kiss Kiss").[13][14] The group's manager, Mr. Park, who was driving the van, had been speeding, driving 137 km/h (85 mph) in a 100 km/h (62 mph) zone for a distance of 30 km (19 mi).[15] Rainy conditions made the road slippery, which caused Park to suddenly lose control of the vehicle, causing the group's van to hydroplane and skid several times before crashing into a protective wall in the vicinity of the Singal Junction on Yeongdong Expressway.[16][17]

It was reported that none of the van's airbags deployed at the time of impact.[17][18] By the time the paramedics arrived at the scene, Rise's injuries were so severe that the paramedics were unable to identify her.[19]

Her bandmates Ashley and Zuny sustained minor injuries while bandmate Sojung sustained major injuries. Bandmate EunB was killed in the accident. Park and one stylist also sustained minor injuries.[20][21]


Rise was immediately taken to the Catholic University of Korea St. Vincent's Hospital, where she was given emergency CPR before being taken into surgery due to suffering severe cranial and abdominal injuries.[19][22][23] The surgeons operated on her cranial area three times while also having to resuscitate her via defibrillation during the procedures.[24] In the midst of a fourth procedure for her back in her 11th hour of surgery,[25] Rise's blood pressure began to drop very rapidly, making it unsafe to continue.[24] She was moved to the intensive care unit at Ajou University Hospital, where she remained in critical condition. It was reported that her brain was severely swollen and that she was not regaining consciousness, with the doctors closely monitoring her condition in order to safely resume surgery.[26]

Rise died at 10:10am (KST) on September 7, 2014, in Ajou University Hospital, having never woken up from her coma.[22][27][28] Her wake was held at Korea University Anam Hospital funeral home.[29][30][31] Her funeral in South Korea was held at Seoul Memorial Park on September 9, 2014. Many prominent South Korean stars attended her funeral or sent flower wreaths including her former Birth of a Great Star mentor Lee Eun-Mi, members of Super Junior, idol Roh Ji-hoon, SHINee, KARA, BESTie, Secret and more.[32]

After the funeral, she was cremated and her ashes were taken back to Japan, where another funeral was held for her family and close friends.[33] She was laid to rest in her native Fukushima.[34]



Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010–2011 Star Audition The Great Birth Herself MBC Top 12 contestant
2011 We Got Married With David Oh
2013 Splash
It's a Person Q
1000 Song Challenge SBS


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