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Final Song By K-Pop Hit-Maker Joo Tae Young Released Weeks After His Passing

By Tamar Herman | September 25, 2015 10:16 AM EDT

On Sept. 6, the K-pop world lost one of its finest composers.

Joo Tae Young, who made some of K-pop's early hits for groups like Sechs Kies and Fin.K.L, passed away on Sept. 6 after losing his fight with cancer. The songwriter spent his final days working on new music for K-pop girl group, Berry Good.

Joo's final song, "My First Love," was released by Berry Good on Sept 22.

During the first performance of the song, on SBS MTV's "The Show," the members of Berry Good were unable to perform the song without tearing up. Following the completion of performance, it was revealed that Joo worked hard to finish the song during his last days.

According to HNGN, Joo was first diagnosed with blood cancer, or leukemia, in 2001 and underwent chemotherapy treatment and received a stem cell transfusion. His illness recently returned, leading to the songwriter passing away earlier this month.

Joo worked with some of K-pop's early groups in the 90's, and wrote Sechs Kies' song "Come'Back" as well as Fin.K.L's "Eternal Love." He also worked with Click-B, SoChan Wee, and Goofy.

Berry Good's "My First Love" was released on Sept. 22. 

Our thoughts go out to Joo's family and friends.

Rest in peace.

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Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and has written for MTV Iggy and Noisey.

Tagged :  joo tae young, Berry Good, death

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