Who Is Song Yu Jung? Korean Actress and Model Dead at 26

South Korean actress and model Song Yu Jung, 26, passed away on Saturday, her management company, Sublime Artist Agency, confirmed in a statement.

The agency said in a statement: "Actress Song Yu Jung departed this life on January 23, 2021. In accordance with the wishes of her family, the funeral was held quietly and the funeral procession takes place on January 25."

The agency said the cause of her death could not be revealed, South Korea's yclick.co.kr reported.

Her funeral was held on January 23 at a branch of the Seoul Medical Center in the Gangnam district of the South Korean capital of Seoul, according to her agency, South Korea's Yonhap News reported.

The funeral procession was scheduled for January 25 at 1:30 p.m. KST (Korean Standard Time), according to local media reports.

An unnamed close friend of the actress told South Korea's Osen: "It's impossible to know exactly what kind of worries she [Song] had.

"It had been quite a while since she debuted in the entertainment industry and she worried that she didn't get to properly shine in the spotlight of it. She also previously talked about her difficulties in life," the friend noted.

In a 2019 interview with local media, the actress reportedly spoke about the challenges of broadening her acting spectrum as well as feeling her limitations, according to yclick.co.kr.

She reportedly said at the time: "I tried to do my best given the situation I was in."

Determined to see her success in the acting business, she said at the time: "I think this waiting period was necessary for me as well," yclick.co.kr reported.

The actress made her acting debut in 2013 in the Korean television drama series Golden Rainbow. She also appeared in other Korean dramas including Tell Me Your Wish (2014), School 2017 (2017) and the online drama series To My Name (2019). She was also featured in the music video for the song "Goodbye Road" by K-pop group iKON.

In 2019, she signed an exclusive contract with Sublime Artist Agency, which also represents Korean actor Song Kang Ho, who stars in the Oscar-winning film Parasite.

She also featured in several advertisements for cosmetics, coffee and home appliances throughout her career.

The agency said in the statement: "Song Yu Jung was a friend of ours who always gave us joy with her bright smile, and she was a wonderful actress who acted with heated passion. Please pray for the repose of her soul so that she may rest in peace in a warm place."

Yangji hospital Seoul South Korea March 2020
The exterior of the Yangji hospital in Seoul, South Korea, pictured on March 17, 2020. The funeral of South Korean actress Song Yu Jung, who died on Saturday, was held at the Seoul Medical Center in Seoul's Gangnam district. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images