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Copycat suicide: Jang Chae-won ends life
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Another suicide is now just coming to light, having been overshadowed by the suicide last Thursday of famous actress Choi Jin-shil. This time the victim is transgender entertainer Jang Chae-won, 26, who passed away at home on October 3.

Seoul police gave a statement on October 6, saying, “Jang Chae-won was found dead at home by friends, who made the report. We’ll have to investigate further before determining more details about the incident, but as of this moment there are no suspicions of foul play.”

Perhaps the signs were there in advance; apparently Jang had started posting messages on her personal homepage last month that went, “Will the end of my life be a comedy or a tragedy?” “Life is really tiresome,” and “I wish everything would go the way I wanted.” However, notable is that her message on October 1 was different in tone: “Right now I’m so happy~”

However, her last message posted on October 3 read, “Mom, I’m sorry. I’ll do better next time.”

Jang Chae-won’s profile rose in 2004 when she appeared on SBS’s Truth Game television program as a man dressing as a woman, noted for being even prettier than many woman. Three years later, she took on a sex change operation and began to appear in the public eye once more.

This is really sad; I didn’t know much about her, but I do recall seeing her on TV back before her operation and thought she was really bright and cheerful.

source: dramabeans

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other article from seoulfull.wordpress

Jang Chae Won also commits suicide

A transgender, who became famous for appearing in a show before and after undergoing sex change surgery, committed suicide Saturday, a day after actress Choi Jin-sil’s death.

Police concluded that the direct cause of the suicide was the breakup with her boyfriend, but suspect Choi’s death had affected her decision to kill herself.

Jang Chae-won, 26, hung herself in the bathroom of her home in Seoul around 11 p.m. Friday. A friend found her dead when visiting the house after Jang’s boyfriend said Jang did not answer the phone, according to police.

Police suspect she killed herself, based on testimonies from her friends, that she was distressed after breaking up with her boyfriend on the day of her death.

According to the friend who found her, Jang, after hearing the news of Choi’s death, said that she could understand Choi. Jang also left a note on her blog around 8 p.m. on the day of her suicide, in which she said: “I’m sorry, mom. I’ll be better next time.”

Jang is the latest celebrity to die in a recent series of suicides.

Experts say that Korea is experiencing the so-called Werther Effect, where copycat suicides take place. After actor Ahn Jae-hwan killed himself on Sept. 8, health authorities’ counseling center received 439 phone calls from those considering suicide in September, compared to only 220 calls in August.

Since Ahn’s death, at least three people have killed themselves using toxic fumes from briquettes ― the same method as Ahn. Since Choi’s death, five people have hung themselves like Choi.

Jang, whose male name was Jeong-hwan, became the talk of the town in May last year when he appeared on a quiz-like show “Game for Truth” as a woman after undergoing a sex change operation, because she had appeared on the very same show three years before as a man.

She has not appeared on other shows since, but has gained public attention, being called the “second Harisu,” a famous transgender entertainer who also changed sex from male to female.

Source: Korea Times
Picture Source: IB Times
Credit: http://seoulfull.wordpress.com

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In the left photo she's cute and that sucks
^ Nice avi the dude's hot
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another copycat suicide

dis is so sad its not a joke anymore..it can become a scary thing!!


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what's with all these people dying???????
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Another young life wasted. Honestly, the earlier messages should have been a clue to someone to get her some help. I hope that people will take more notice of the behavior of their friends around them, because many times there are warning signs. Suicide doesn't solve anything, its just a selfish copout.


R.I.P. Jang Cahe-Won
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i cant believe this
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wow she/he is pretty cant believe its a guy
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What's happening in Korea with all these suicides? It's really unfortunate. Rest in peace <3
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I DON'T KNOW WHY KOREA HAS A HIGH MORTALITY RATE OF SUICIDES. WHAT'S WRONG?
ANYHOW, REST IN PEACE.
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Korean celebrities must be really stressed.
Rest in peace.
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not another person...

REST IN PEACE
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don't know her, but may she rest in peace.
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thats sad. its really unfortunate.
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This is just so tragic... People need to know that suicide doesn't solve anything. The problems just get passed on to someone else, especially the loved ones... And worst still, it encourages copycat suicides...
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if i hadn't read this article, i so would have thought she was originally a girl.
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