South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun, renowned for his role in the Academy Award-winning film “Parasite,” was discovered deceased in an apparent suicide inside a vehicle at a central Seoul park, according to Yonhap news agency reports on Wednesday.
The 48-year-old actor had been the subject of a police investigation related to alleged marijuana and psychoactive drug usage. Once regarded for his wholesome image, Lee faced consequences as reports indicated his removal from television and commercial projects following the scandal.
Having commenced his acting career in 2001 with the television sitcom “Lovers,” Lee Sun-kyun gained recognition for diverse roles, including a charismatic chef and a diligent architectural engineer who discovers his wife’s infidelity. Globally acclaimed for his portrayal of the affluent and superficial patriarch in Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed film “Parasite,” Lee’s performances resonated with audiences.
His recent film, the 2022 horror flick “Sleep,” wherein he played a husband grappling with sleepwalking-induced horrors, received critical acclaim and was featured in Cannes festival’s Critics’ Week section.
In late October, Lee expressed regret to reporters before meeting with investigators at an Incheon police station, acknowledging the disappointment caused by the distressing incident and expressing apologies to those affected, especially his family enduring profound distress.
South Korea, known for strict anti-drug laws, holds severe consequences even for its citizens using drugs legally abroad, facing potential prosecution upon returning home. President Yoon Suk Yeol advocated for intensified measures against drug traffickers earlier this year, addressing concerns about the nation’s drug-free status.
Lee Sun-kyun is survived by his wife, actress Jeon Hye-jin, and two sons, leaving behind a legacy of celebrated performances while his untimely passing shocks the entertainment industry and fans alike.
Sources By Agencies