Lee Sun-kyun, a South Korean actor who gained international recognition for his portrayal of the affluent patriarch in the film “Parasite,” was discovered dead on Wednesday in a park in Seoul, according to officials in the capital city. The circumstances surrounding his death are believed to be as a result of an apparent suicide.
Lee, who was 48 years old at the time of his death in the 2019 film, which was South Korea’s first picture to win any Oscar, had been questioned by the police three times over allegations of illegal drug usage in the midst of a government crackdown. One of the sessions during the weekend lasted for a total of 19 hours.
According to a story by the Yonhap news agency, the actor said that he had been the victim of a bar hostess who had attempted to coerce him into consuming narcotics.
According to a fire official who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity due to the delicate nature of the situation, Lee was discovered by the authorities during a search that was prompted by a complaint of a missing person.
According to a police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Lee was discovered in a car at a park in Seoul. His manager advised the police that the actor had gone home, leaving behind what appeared to be a note indicating that he had committed suicide.
In response to calls, Lee’s agency, HODU&U Entertainment, did not provide a response.
Actor Lee of Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’ found dead amid drugs probe
Lee Sun-kyun, a South Korean actor who drew global attention with his performance as the wealthy patriarch in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” was found dead on Wednesday.#Parasitehttps://t.co/vy5D9BrRxe
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Nevertheless, domestic media outlets published a statement issued by the agency, which expressed sorrow for the loss of the individual and urged caution with regard to the dissemination of harmful reports, misleading information, or conjecture.
If you violate South Korea’s stringent drug laws, you might face a prison sentence of up to 14 years for serial offenders and sellers, or a prison sentence of up to six months.
The dark comedic thriller “Parasite,” which was directed by Bong Joon-ho, was awarded the Academy Award in the year 2020. It was awarded in the four categories of best picture, best director, best original screenplay, and best international feature film. The film had six nominations for the Academy Award.
The movie was the first film in a language other than English to win the Oscar for best picture when it was released. The “one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles” was no longer a barrier to global success, according to Bong, who praised its popularity as a proof that the barrier had been overcome.
In the movie, Lee plays the role of Mr. Park, a wealthy individual whose home is broken into by members of a lower-class family who are pretending to be highly skilled domestic staff but are actually involved in a complex conspiracy that ultimately results in violence.
Having been born in 1975, Lee has played significant roles in a number of South Korean films, including the thriller “Helpless” (2012) and “All About My Wife” (2014), as well as the critically praised television series “My Mister” (2018).
His role as the protagonist in Apple TV+’s first Korean-language original series, which was released in 2021, was outstanding.
“Dr. Brain” was a science fiction thriller that consisted of six episodes and depicted a doctor with a cold heart who engaged in brain experiments in order to find clues about a strange family disaster.
In addition to having two children together, Lee’s wife, Jeon Hye-jin, is an actress who has won multiple awards.
The following individuals contributed to this article: Soo-hyang Choi, Josh Smith, and Hyonhee Shin; Minwoo Park and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles provided additional reporting; Clarence Fernandez was in charge of editing, and Josh Smith was the author.