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South-Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun found deceased amid drug probe

Lee Sun-kyun, the South Korean actor celebrated for his role in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” was found dead in Seoul on Wednesday.

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Lee Sun-kyun, the celebrated South Korean actor renowned for his role in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” was found deceased on Wednesday (27 Dec), as reported by Yonhap news agency.

The actor, 48, was discovered in a car at Waryong Park in Seoul’s northern Jongno-gu district, where he had apparently inhaled smoke from charcoal briquettes.

The discovery was made after Lee’s wife alerted the police that he had left their home with the car missing, leaving behind what seemed to be a suicide note.

Lee was found by authorities at around 10:30 a.m., already passed away, prompting no further medical intervention.

Lee had been embroiled in a scandal, under investigation for alleged illegal drug use, a serious offense in South Korea where drug crimes can lead to hefty prison sentences.

He had been questioned extensively by the police and claimed he had been duped into taking drugs, thinking they were sleeping pills, by a bar hostess who later attempted to blackmail him.

The woman in question claimed that the actor had been aware of what he was taking.

The actor vehemently denied the allegations and had requested polygraph tests for both him and the accused woman just the day before his tragic death.

Lee’s illustrious career spanned various critically acclaimed roles, including the father in “Parasite,” and leads in movies like “Helpless” and “All About My Wife.”

He was also at the forefront of Apple TV+’s first Korean-language series, “Dr. Brain,” a science fiction thriller. His untimely demise leaves a void in the South Korean entertainment industry and among fans worldwide.

As the police and emergency services conclude their investigations, the exact cause of Lee’s death remains unconfirmed.


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“If you or someone you know is grappling with suicidal thoughts, assistance and support are accessible.

Samaritans of Singapore Hotline: 1767

Institute of Mental Health’s Helpline: 6389 2222

Singapore Association for Mental Health Helpline: 1800 283 7019

You can discover a directory of global helplines on this page. “

shouldn’t that be taiwan hotlines?

He was great too in “PASTA”…A drama series, with few upcoming actors who later went on to be famous too..

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