ASTRO's Moonbin passed away on April 19, 2023 at the age of 25. After his agency confirmed the news on social media, Fantagio prepared a special memorial space to honor the late idol. Fans can visit the space in front of the company headquarters until Sunday, April 30th.
As per their statement, "All letters and gifts left at the memorial space in front of the Fantagio office will be stored with care, and tributary [messages written on] paper notes and letters will be periodically collected and stored during the memorial period so that they can be kept intact without damage."
Since the establishment of the memorial space, countless AROHAs (fans of the group) have paid a visit and left special tokens in the form of letters, flowers, and sentimental gifts. Moonbin's fellow ASTRO members are among those who've left heartwritten notes.
Main vocalist and mathyung (eldest member) MJ is currently serving in the military, but was granted leave in order for him to visit Moonbin's wake. In his letter, he heartbreakingly apologizes and says, "My little brother, Bin I came too late... I'm sorry. How lonely, tired, and painful it must have been. If only I had been closer. I'm sorry I couldn't protect you."
Leader and main rapper Jinjin promised that he'd take care of Moonbin's family. "Bin! It's jinjin hyung! A lot of people came. You promised me, right? To live with a smile. Just like you told me, I'm trying to live with a smile like you did. I'm going to start practicing for my musical again and also to eat my meals. I will take care of your mom, dad, and Sua so don't worry. I love you so much my little brother."
Cha Eun Woo flew back from the United States in order to be with his members and support the Moon family. "Bin, it's a night I miss you, you bad guy. I couldn't sleep so I went on a walk and came here together with Sanha. Are you sleeping well? Why do I miss and regret all things I did with you, even small things… be hundreds and hundreds times happier in the moon land. I'll take responsibility for taking care of things you left behind so don't worry. You've worked hard. I love you and I'm sorry, my friend."
Sanha, one half of ASTRO's first official sub-unit Moonbin & Sanha, left a note that tugged at fans' heartstrings. "Hyung. Are you doing well? I miss you a lot. I still can see you in front of me. I know if I'm being like this, you'll scold me but please let this slide for now. Like you said, I'll make sure to be happy, I promise. A lot, I love you a lot and I love you."
Billlie's Moon Sua (Moonbin's sister) wrote two letters. Her first letter left us in tears. "Oppa it's me, your one and only precious little sister, Sua! I came too! I've cried too much so I'll stop now! I'm gonna smile a lot now. I'm going to be happy while doing the things I want to do. I hope you'll be in peace and happy there. You have to watch over me and see if your little sister is doing well here! I'm going to live well and work as hard as you do. Don't stop me. Even when it gets hard, I'll often come to whine to oppa so you have to accept it. You've worked hard this whole time I love you so much and I'm oppa's little sister forever. Moon siblings forever."
Sua also left a handwritten message in a notebook that was left at Moonbin's memorial place. "To my forever brother [heart] This is your one and only sister, Sua. How's it going there? Is it comfortable? I hope it's always warm and peaceful. You look pretty when you smile, so I hope you have a lot of things to smile about. I'll come back again! I love you today, too [heart] Moon siblings forever." (She also dated her note 23.04.24)
SEVENTEEN's Mingyu and Seungkwan shared their own respective letters for Moonbin. "Bin-ah hi~ thanks to you, I got to visit your company. The most memorable for me is when we talked together until the morning. Do you remember? All I could say to you who had so many worries was…there’s no other idol who’s good at everything like you...I'll work harder!! Don't be sick now and smile more. I’m sorry... you did well, my friend. I’ll buy you fish cake soup and soju when we meet again! Cheer on your members from afar. And my favorite song is Waterfall [heart] let’s be happy, my friend." Mingyu added a heart to his ending signature.
"Moongbingi [heart] Please wait a little bit. I'll make the whole universe feel like you [heart] I love you so much [heart] I'll give you a big hug when we meet again." Seungkwan signed his sweet message by saying "It's Boo."
A Shawol (SHINee fan also kindly left a note and chocolates for grieving AROHAs. "I'm a fan of Jonghyun. I'm leaving chocolate here because I'm worried that there might be people who are skipping meals after stopping by to say hello. I've prepared enough, so it'd be nice if you could take a handful to eat it throughout the day. (If there is sunlight, I would be grateful if anyone could move it to the shadows.)"
The AROHA who posted the picture thanked the Shawol and said that they ate the chocolate while looking at Moonbin's picture. "Bin. Did you meet Jonghyun hyung? Isn't he cool? Travel a lot with hyung."
We offer our sincerest condolences to Moonbin’s loved ones at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.