Actor discovered unconscious in a car
South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun, known for his role in the critically acclaimed film “Parasite,” was found dead in a car parked on a street in northern Seoul. Police and emergency officers initially believed he was unconscious but later confirmed his death, according to Seoul’s Seongbuk police station.
Family reports suicide note
While authorities did not confirm the cause of death, Lee’s family reported to the police that he had left home after leaving a message similar to a suicide note. This tragic incident follows Lee’s involvement in a police investigation regarding his alleged use of illegal drugs at the residence of a bar hostess.
Claims of blackmail and innocence
Lee insisted that he was tricked into taking the drugs and claimed he did not know what he was consuming. He filed a lawsuit against two individuals, including the hostess, who allegedly blackmailed him. Despite his legal actions, Lee expressed deep remorse during his initial questioning at a police station in Incheon, near Seoul, where he apologized to his fans and family.
Before his untimely death, Lee Sun-kyun had established himself as a popular actor in South Korea. His breakthrough role came in the hit TV drama series “Coffee Prince,” and he gained mainstream popularity with successful shows like “Behind The White Tower,” “Pasta,” and “My Mister.”
However, it was his portrayal of the head of a wealthy family in the film “Parasite” that brought international acclaim. The movie made history as the first non-English language film to win the Best Picture award at the 92nd Academy Awards. Lee and the rest of the cast also received recognition, winning the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Motion Picture Ensemble Cast in 2020.
A tragic loss
Lee Sun-kyun is survived by his wife, actress Jeon Hye-jin, and their two sons. The South Korean entertainment industry mourns the loss of a talented actor and the fans around the world remember him for his memorable performances.
Source: The Associated Press