South Korean Actor’s Death Sparks Mourning and Questions
South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun, best known for his role as the wealthy patriarch Park Dong-ik in the Oscar-winning movie “Parasite,” has been found dead inside his car, according to reports from South Korean police.
The 48-year-old actor was discovered in a park with a charcoal briquette in his passenger seat. Police revealed that Lee’s wife had reported that he left their home after leaving what appeared to be a suicide note.
Prior to his death, Lee was under investigation for alleged drug use and marijuana possession at a bar in Seoul. Despite denying intentional drug use and claiming that a hostess had given him the drugs without his knowledge, Lee was questioned for 19 hours on Sunday regarding these allegations.
We lost another wonderful Korean talent. Today marks the unfortunate death of versatile actor #LeeSunKyun , best known for his role as Park Dong-Ik in 2019 Parasite, but owner of many outstanding performances in the Korean Entertainment Industry. Rest in Peace 나의 아저씨 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/L8kQe5DspR
— 🌸⁷사라🌸 (@c0zycherry) December 27, 2023
Lee Sun-kyun gained international recognition for his role in “Parasite,” which earned him a Screen Actors Guild award. However, he was a well-established figure in South Korea’s entertainment industry, with a career spanning over a decade, including a prominent role in the 2007 series “Coffee Prince.”
The news of Lee’s death has emerged against the backdrop of an ongoing crackdown on drug-related crimes in South Korea. The government has recently intensified efforts to combat drug smuggling and dealing, enforcing strict laws that can lead to significant prison sentences for offenders.
South Korea’s entertainment industry has witnessed several high-profile drug scandals involving celebrities in recent years, reflecting the country’s stringent stance on drug use and its legal ramifications.