‘Parasite’ Actor Lee Sun-kyun Found Dead Amid Drug Probe

Written by on December 28, 2023

(Hollywood Reporter) – Lee Sun-kyun, the South Korean actor who starred in Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning film Parasite and the Apple TV+ series Dr. Brain, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 48.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that Lee was found dead inside a car at a park in Seoul on Wednesday morning, local time. Yonhap reports that Lee’s wife reported to police that the actor had left home and that she had found what appeared to be a suicide note.

Local media reports noted that Lee had been under investigation over allegations that he had used illegal drugs. In recent weeks, the South Korean government’s ongoing crackdown on hard drugs has led to a series of allegations against high-profile people including actors, singers, socialites and heirs to the country’s richest families. The K-pop singer G-Dragon is among those who have been swept up in the crackdown, though he was cleared of any wrongdoing last week

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