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‘Parasite’ actor Lee Sun-kyun found dead in car amid drug case, suicide suspected: report

Lee Sun-kyun
Lee Sun-kyun


IIE Digital Desk: Lee Sun-kyun, who is best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film ‘Parasite’, was found dead on December 27 in Seoul. According to Reuters, he was found unconscious inside a car in a park. His wife contacted the police after she found what appeared to be a suicide note.According to Yonhap, Lee's wife found the note after he left the home.


Lee Sun-kyun had been in the news after he appeared for the investigation over illegal drug use allegations. He claimed to have mistakenly consumed drugs at a nightclub.

According to the news outlet Yonhap, he was suspected of using drugs like marijuana and ketamine with a hostess at a bar in Seoul. He claimed that while he did consume what she provided, he was unaware that they were illegal substances.

The hostess allegedly informed the police that he had used drugs at her residence on several occasions.

Police expressed regret over Lee's passing during their ongoing investigations.

Lee's agency, HODU&U Entertainment, said in a statement: ‘There is no way to contain the sorrow and despair. We respectfully ask that you refrain from spreading false facts based on speculation... so that [Lee's] final journey will not be unfair.’


Born in 1975, Lee Sun-Kyun portrayed a wealthy father in the film 'Parasite' and held leading roles in various South Korean movies such as 'Helpless' and 'All About My Wife,' among others.

He was also involved in Apple TV+'s inaugural Korean original series, 'Dr. Brain,' a six-episode sci-fi thriller that premiered in 2021.

The actor was married to actress Jeon Hye-jin and had two young sons with her.

Lee is not the only South Korean celebrity who has been investigated for drug use recently. Earlier this month, K-pop star G-Dragon was cleared of drug allegations after weeks of investigations.

Actor Yoo Ah-in is currently standing trial for drug use.

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