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They grew up in the K-pop limelight. Is it to blame for their deaths?

SEOUL - By most measures, the young women weren't exactly radical.

Sulli didn't like wearing bras. She found them constricting and felt more natural without one. She considered it her choice to appear in public without one if she felt like it.

Goo Hara defended herself against online harassment about a plastic surgery procedure to correct a drooping eyelid, and against an ex-boyfriend's threat to go public with explicit images of her. On social media, she wrote in Korean: "I need to speak up for myself, and say I have nothing to be ashamed of when I have nothing to be ashamed of."

As two of the biggest stars of K-pop, the meticulously produced, highly choreographed South Korean cultural export with legions of fans around the world - they saw their every word and action broadcast and picked apart.

The women took their own lives within the span of a few weeks this fall, according to police, after each had been

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