Moonbin (Korean문빈; January 26, 1998 – April 19, 2023) was a South Korean singer, actor and dancer under the label Fantagio. He was a member of the South Korean boy group Astro and its sub-unit Moonbin & Sanha.

Moonbin
Moonbin in 2023
Born
Moon Bin

(1998-01-26)January 26, 1998
Cheongju, South Korea
DiedApril 19, 2023(2023-04-19) (aged 25)
Seoul, South Korea[1]
Alma materHanlim Multi Art School
Occupations
  • Singer
  • actor
  • dancer
RelativesMoon Sua (sister)
Musical career
GenresK-pop
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2009–2023
LabelsFantagio
Formerly of
Korean name
Hangul
문빈
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMun Bin
McCune–ReischauerMun Pin

Early life edit

Moonbin was born on January 26, 1998, in Cheongju, Chungbuk Province. He attended and graduated from Hanlim Multi Art School, focusing in Practical Music.[2]

He was one of two siblings in his family, with a younger sister named Moon Sua, who is a member of the South Korean girl group Billlie.[3]

Career edit

2006–2015: Pre-debut edit

Under the influence of his mother, Moonbin debuted as a child model and ulzzang in 2004. His first known appearance was in 2006, where he appeared in TVXQ's music video for their song "Balloons" portraying a mini U-Know Yunho.[4] In 2009, he had his first acting role in the Korean drama Boys over Flowers where he played the younger version of Kim Bum's character.[5]

Moonbin began his journey with Fantagio as a trainee in fifth grade, eventually transitioning to a full-fledged trainee during his middle school years. He actively took part in the company's boy group project iTeen, and he was introduced through the Fantagio iTeen Photo Test Cut.[6] Before his official debut with Astro, Moonbin and his fellow group members starred in a web-drama titled "To Be Continued".[7]

2016–2022: Debut with Astro, solo activities, and unit debut edit

 
Moonbin during the 2019 S/S Hera Seoul Fashion Week on October 19, 2018

Moonbin debuted as part of the six-member boy group Astro on February 23, 2016. Their debut extended play, Spring Up, contained five songs, including the lead single "Hide & Seek".[8] In 2018, Moonbin joined the cast of The Ultimate Watchlist of Latest Trends, participating in the first two seasons.[9][10] The following year, he was cast in Moments of Eighteen, where he played the character of Jung Oh-je.[11]

On November 12, 2019, Fantagio reported that due to health reasons, Moonbin would be absent from Astro's upcoming promotions for their Blue Flame EP release.[12] He ended his hiatus in February 2020 after appearing in a V Live broadcast with the other Astro members.[13] He was announced as one of the new hosts of the South Korean music show Show Champion, alongside his bandmate Yoon San-ha and Verivery's Kangmin.[14] He was confirmed to play the lead role in the web-drama The Mermaid Prince, a role which he reprised for a second season,[15][16] and joined the eco-friendly cooking program Food Avengers.[17]

In September 2020, Moonbin was announced as one of the fashion models for the brand Nerdy Cafe.[18] He and band-mate Sanha (Yoon San-ha) debuted as Astro's first sub-unit Moonbin & Sanha with the release of their debut EP, In-Out, along with its lead single, "Bad Idea", on September 14.[19] The unit received their first music show win from The Show eight days later.[20]

Later that year, Moonbin was added as a cast member for the second season of Coupang Play's Saturday Night Live Korea.[21] On December 30, 2022, Fantagio released an official statement confirming that Moonbin had decided to renew his contract with the agency.[22]

Death edit

On the evening of April 19, 2023, Moonbin was found dead at his home in the Gangnam District of Seoul at the age of 25.[1][23] He was found by his manager after he failed to attend rehearsals.[24] Yonhap News shared a statement released by the Seoul Gangnam Police who are investigating the death: "it appears that he took his own life. We are discussing the possibility of an autopsy to determine the precise cause of death".[1][25][26] On April 20, Gangnam Police told CNN that "no signs of foul play have been found related to this case."[27]

According to an official statement released by Fantagio on April 21, Moonbin was to be buried on April 22, 2023. The funeral procession and the burial site was kept private per the request of his family.[28][29]

Discography edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Down.

[30]
As lead artist
"Let's Go Ride" 2022 59 Drive to the Starry Road
"Desire" (이끌려) 2023 15 Incense
Collaborations
"Language Test"
(with Weki Meki Ji Su-yeon)
2018 FM2018_12Hz

Songwriting credits edit

All credits are listed under the Korea Music Copyright Association unless otherwise stated.[31]

Year Title Artist Album Lyricist Composer
2017 "You & Me (Thanks Aroha)" Astro Winter Dream    
2018 "By Your Side" (너의 뒤에서) Rise Up    
"Merry-Go-Round (Christmas Edition)" Non-album single    
2019 "Merry-Go-Round" All Light    
2021 "Footprint" (발자국) Switch On    
2022 "Candy Sugar Pop" Drive to the Starry Road    
2023 "Madness" Moonbin & Sanha Incense    
"Desire" (이끌려) Himself    

Filmography edit

Television series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 Boys Over Flowers So Yi-jung (young) [32]
2019 Moment of Eighteen Jung Oh-je [33][34]

Web series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 To be Continued Himself [7]
2017 Idol Fever Cameo [35]
2019 Soul Plate Angel Muriel [36]
2020 The Mermaid Prince Woo Hyuk Lifetime Korea [15]
The Mermaid Prince: The Beginning Choi Woo-hyuk [16]
2021 No Going Back Romance Cameo [37]
Find Me If You Can Cameo; episode 6 [38]

Television shows edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018–2019 The Ultimate Watchlist of Latest Trend Cast member Season 1–2 [39][40]
2020 Food Avengers [41]
2020–2022 Show Champion Host with Yoon San-ha and Kangmin [42]

Web shows edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Insa Oppa Cast [43]
2021–2022 Saturday Night Live Korea Cast member Season 2 [21]
2022 Challenge Host TikTok Stage on Air; with Yoon San-ha [44]

Awards and nominations edit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Music Awards 2020 Entertainer of the Year – Male Moonbin Nominated [45]
Seoul Webfest Film Festival 2022 Best Supporting Actor Find Me If You Can Nominated [46][47]

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