Yoo Chae-yeong

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Yoo Chae-yeong
Kim Soo-jin

(1973-09-22)September 22, 1973
DiedJuly 24, 2014(2014-07-24) (aged 40)
NationalitySouth Korean
OccupationSinger-songwriter, Actress
Years active1989–2014
Spouse(s)Kim Joo-hwan (2008-2014)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYu Chaeyeong
McCune–ReischauerRyu Ch'aeyŏng
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Sujin
McCune–ReischauerKim Sujin

Yoo Chae-yeong (Hangul유채영; September 22, 1973 – July 24, 2014) was a South Korean singer, actress, and radio host.

Early life and education[edit]

Born as Kim Soo-jin, she made her entertainment debut at 17 years old as part of the group Punsudeul ("Idiots") in 1989, when she was still in high school.[1]


In 1994, using the stage name Yoo Chae-yeong, she became one of the original members of the popular K-pop group Cool.[2] She initially attracted media attention for sporting a shaved head, which at the time was a bold hairstyle rarely seen on female South Korean celebrities.[1][3] Yoo left Cool a year later, going on to make up one half of the duo US in 1995.[4] She embarked on a solo singing career in 1996, and her hit song "Emotion" (released in 1999), contributed to the nationwide spread of techno music.[1]

As an actress, Yoo appeared in supporting roles in movies and television dramas, notably in the comedy film Sex Is Zero (2002) and its sequel Sex Is Zero 2 (2007). She was also a popular radio host on the MBC program Good Weekend, It's Kim Kyung-sik and Yoo Chae-yeong, known for her quick wit and self-deprecating humor.[1][3]

In 2009, after nearly a decade of absence from the music scene, she released a new single titled Another Decade.[3]

Yoo was diagnosed with cancer in October 2013.[2][5] She died on July 24, 2014 of gastric cancer at the age of 40.[6][7]



Television drama[edit]



  1. Poonsoo II (1990) - album with Punsudeul
  2. The K;ul (1994) - album with Cool
  3. The Us Rage To See The Day We Rule! (1995) - album with US
  4. 쾌속(快速) (1996) - solo debut
  5. Emotion (1999)
  6. A Secret Diary (2001)
  7. Another Decade (2009)


  1. ^ a b c d Lee, Sun-min (25 July 2014). "DJ Yoo Chae-yeong dead at 40". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ock, Hyun-ju (22 July 2014). "Singer Yoo Chae-yeong in critical condition with stomach cancer". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Ko, Dong-hwan (24 July 2014). "Singer, actress Yoo dies of cancer at 41". The Korea Times. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Us 1집 - The Us Rage To See The Day We Rule!". ManiaDB (in Korean). Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (23 July 2014). "Actress Yoo's cancer takes toll". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Entertainer Yoo Chae-yeong dies of cancer". The Korea Herald. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Yoo Chae-young Dead of Cancer at 41". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.

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