Song Hae, the oldest TV host in South Korea who hosted several programs like National Singing Contest, has died. He was 95.
Multiple news outlets, including The Korea Herald, confirmed Song Hae’s death. He reportedly passed away on Wednesday and was found by one of his daughters, who lives nearby him.
Local reports added that he collapsed in his home before his body was discovered. An ambulance arrived on the scene and rushed him to the hospital while reviving him.
Unfortunately, he was later pronounced dead.
Song Hae is survived by his two daughters. According to Korea JoongAng Daily, his wife passed away in 2018, while his son died in a car crash in 1994.
The family is yet to release an official statement regarding his passing. But it was noted that he went through several health issues in the past months.
Song Hae Cause of Death
Before the renowned MC died, Song Hae had been enduring poor health since January this year.
Although he was already 95, he continued to host the KBS long-running singing competition, National Singing Contest, until he contracted COVID-19 in March.
Following his diagnosis, he was asked to step down late last month as the show’s staff members claimed that he was “no longer confident hosting the show and that the time had come for him to step down.”
Song Hae Scored a Guinness World Record + Late Host’s Legacy Revisited
The news shocked his fans as the TV host still scored an award before his death.
Although he lost his program, Song Hae was still able to receive the record for the Oldest TV music talent show host by the Guinness World Records in April.
He started his career in 1955 through the Changgong Theater Company. From there, he landed several hosting gigs in a number of shows, including All Broadcasting in the World, The Golden Age of Alternate Characters, and A Look at Myself, to name a few.
In 1988, he officially became the host of National Singing Contest and stayed in the position for 34 years.
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