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SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - South Korean entertainer Park Yong Ha, one of the most sought after actors in South Korea and a popular singer in Japan, was found dead in his home in Seoul on Wednesday in an apparent suicide, local media reported.
Park's body was found by his mother with an electrical cord around his neck but there was no suicide note, The Korea Herald quoted police as reporting.
Park, 32, had recently devoted himself to nursing his ailing father who was in the final stages of stomach cancer. He was reported to have been struggling with sleep problems as well.
Park made his acting debut in 1992 but rose to fame in 2002 in the television drama "Winter Sonata", winning a following in Japan and other nations in southeast Asia.
He also forged a career for himself as a singer in Japan where he put out 10 hit albums in the past five years and won four consecutive Japan Gold Disc Awards -- a first for a Korean pop singer.
He was due to start filming in July for a Korean television drama called "Comrades, Almost a Love Story", which is a remake of a popular 1996 Hong Kong film.
Park's death comes after a string of suicides by South Korean celebrities in recent years.
Figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2009 show that South Korea's suicide rate experienced a sharp increase from the late 1990s and South Korea now has the highest rate among OECD countries of around 22 deaths per 100,000 people.
(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)
Family, friends, and fans continue to mourn for Park Yong Ha’s passing yesterday in what has officially been announced as a suicide. The Hallyu star (32) was found hanging in his bedroom with a camcorder charger. Police believe Park Yong Ha died between 4 and 5:30AM the 30th of June due to suffocation and are currently going through further examinations to settle out any uncertainties.
Investigators are still uncertain of the reasons behind Park’s suicide. However, there are some speculations, including the actor’s stress from work and the recent illness of his father. Park Yong Ha, who is the CEO of his own company YONA Entertainment, might have had difficulty taking care of his business in addition to his own acting and singing career. In addition, the actor's father had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, which depreciated his own well-being.
However, the actor’s recent Twit: “People often talk about me when even I do not know myself well enough” further complicates the matter as we wonder if the actor suffered stress from the media as well. Suicide due to health or love issues seems unlikely.
Many of the actor’s colleagues in the film and music industry attended the funeral hall at Kang Nam Virgin Mary Hospital, where the late actor was temporarily placed. Stars that came to pay their condolences include Bae Yong Jun, Choi Ji Woo, So Ji Sup, Kim Hyun Joo, SS501’s Kim Hyun Jun, U-Kiss’ Kim Ki Bum, CN Blue, Park Hyo Shin, and so forth. Song Yun Ah, Park Shi Yeon, and many others who were particularly close with the actor were seen weeping. Others such as Uhm Ji Won and Joo Young Hun left Twitter messages, expressing their heartbreak from this tragic and unfortunate event.
Park Yong Ha, who was born in 1977 was the second of three children in his family and graduated from Joong Ang University with a Theater and Film Major degree. Soon after, he began his acting career with “Theme Game” (1994) and “Start” (1996). It was not until 2002 when Park Yong Hee became a Hallyu star through the hit series, “Winter Sonata” and he continued gaining popularity through dramas “Loving You” and “On Air.” The actor was also known for his movie roles in “When It Snows on Christmas” and “Even If You Hate Me, Just One More Time" and his musical career in Japan.
Park Yong Ha was set to start filming for the upcoming drama series, tentatively titled “Love Song” alongside actress Yoon Eun Hye. The drama is a remake of Hong Kong film, “Tian Mi Mi.”
The funeral service will be held on July 2nd at 8AM as a Buddhist ceremony, and the late actor will be buried at Gyeon Gi Do Province.