Famous Parasite actor Lee Sun-Kyun has died at the age of 48 as police found his dead body in a parked car in central Seoul. There are reports that he did not die naturally as police suspect he committed suicide.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the manager of Lee had reported to the police earlier in the day that Lee and his car had gone missing. Before this, the actor had left an apparent suicide note at his home.
(4th LD) 'Parasite' actor Lee Sun-kyun found dead in apparent suicide amid drug probe https://t.co/oCzLNHkxPa— Yonhap News Agency (@YonhapNews) December 27, 2023
According to a report from Yonhap, police discovered a charcoal briquette on the passenger seat which shows his death caused by carbon monoxide. It is important to note that Lee has been under police investigation since October for alleged marijuana and other illegal drug use.
The details about the investigation and his personal life drew a lot of media and public attention. There are reports that Lee was facing a pull-out of projects due to an ongoing drug investigation against him.
The offenses regarding the use of illegal drugs are punishable by up to five years in prison under the law of South Korea. Even in cases where the punishments are low. Drug allegations can destroy the reputation of celebrities and keep them out of business for years.
When police investigated Lee for the first time in late October. He apologized to his family and fans for “causing concerns”. However, he refused to answer whether he used drugs or not.
According to Incheon Police Station, the drug tests of Lee came back negative. Incheon Police was in charge of the drug investigation case against Lee.
However, actor Lee Sun-Kyun who won an Oscar award for his popular role in “Parasite” died at the age of 48. His apparent suicidal death shows he was under pressure due to an ongoing drug investigation.
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