A young Canadian actor, Saint Von Colucci, died in South Korea after undergoing a series of cosmetic procedures in his quest to resemble Jimin, the lead vocalist of the South Korean boy band BTS. The 22-year-old performer passed away in a South Korean hospital after suffering from an infection following a risky jaw surgery to remove an implant.
Cosmetic Procedures and Insecurity
Saint Von Colucci, who had moved to South Korea in 2019, underwent over a dozen cosmetic procedures over the past year, including nose jobs, eye and brow lifts, facelifts, jaw surgery, and more.
According to his manager Eric Blake, the young actor had spent over $220,000 on the procedures, driven by his insecurity about his looks. "He was very insecure about his looks," Blake stated. "He had a very square jawline and chin, and he didn't like the shape of it because he thought it was too wide and wanted a V-shape, the shape many Asians have." Blake also mentioned that Saint's Western looks made it difficult for him to find work in South Korea, leading to further insecurity and pressure to undergo cosmetic procedures.
Music Career Dreams Cut Short
Despite knowing the risks involved with the jaw implant surgery, Saint had high hopes for his music career and believed the procedures would help him attract attention. "He was very excited and worked really hard," Blake said. "He was hoping the show would create some buzz to launch his music career." Saint had already filmed eight episodes of the series "Pretty Lies" (Cogimar), in which he played Jimin.
According to Blake, the series is set to be released on a popular American streaming service in October, though the service was not revealed. The death of Saint Von Colucci serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers of cosmetic procedures and the pressures that many individuals face to conform to societal beauty standards.
"It's very tragic and very unfortunate," Blake said. "He was a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him."