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[BREAKING NEWS] Actor / Singer Park Yong Ha Found Dead
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[BREAKING NEWS] Actor / Singer Park Yong Ha Found Dead




I am shocked . I was looking forward to Love Song! This is such sad news and totally unexpected.

RIP.



Police announce Park Yong-ha committed suicide.


Chief investigator Kwak Jeong-hee at Gangnam Police Station gives a briefing on singer and actor Park Yong-ha's death on June 30, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

Police have officially announced suicide is the cause of singer and actor Park Yong-ha's death. Park was 32.

Chief investigator Kwak Jeong-hee at Gangnam Police Station gave a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, declaring that Park died of suffocation early in the day after hanging himself from the cord of his camcorder's charger that he had hung to the top of his bedpost.

Kwak however, dismissed reports claiming that Park took his life from depression or problems he had related to taking sleeping pills for 14 years. "We were able to confirm that he had recently taken some pills although we do not know if it was after he got home last night. Nevertheless, it is unrelated to the cause of his death," Kwak explained.

Police were also unable to find any indications of financial or health related issues nor discover a memorandum on his recent thoughts or a suicide note.

However, for the past few days Park had confessed to his acquaintances that "both work and life are tough," asking to talk again after he had organized his thoughts.

Also, upon arriving at home past midnight after yesterday after drinking, Park had apologized to his father, close to tears, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I should be the one in pain, not you." Park's father has been diagnosed with late-stage stomach cancer and Park, a devoted son, was in agony over his father's illness.

Kwak added that the actor had taken sleeping pills on several occasions after finding difficulty in falling asleep from having to juggle his business as the CEO of his own agency YONA Entertainment, creating new businesses and pursuing his singing and acting career.

"Based on the testimonies, we are assuming that Park committed suicide on impulse after drinking from stress over his father's illness, his business and entertainment career," Kwak stated.

Park was discovered by his mother at 5:30 a.m. at his house today after he had taken his life. Police presume Park died around 3:00 a.m.

Park, who debuted as an actor in 1994, gained popularity throughout Asia after appearing in "Winter Sonata", a drama that first started the Hallyu craze, alongside top actors Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo.

He also led a successful singing career in Japan where he placed several albums within the top 10 ranks of the Oricon charts and won four consecutive Japan Gold Disc Awards.

Most recently, he had been set to star in the small screen adaptation of legendary Hong Kong pic "Comrades, Almost a Love Story," across actress Yoon Eun-hye.

He was on a brief visit to Korea this week while on a three-month long 16-city tour in Japan starting last week.


Below are excerpts from the Q&A session of the police briefing.

Q: Had he drank a lot when he took his life?
A: He was under the influence of alcohol when he returned home after midnight on the night of his death. According to his father, he did not drink a lot but a little.

Q: Did you carry out an autopsy?
A: The family of the deceased do not want one. This means that they too do not have any questions over the cause of his death.

Q: Why did his mother open the door to his room at such an early hour?
A: His mother goes to sleep early and Park often went home late. So it is his mother's habit to open the door to her son's room early. She had opened the door early today too.

Q: Was he under a lot of stress over his father's illness?
A: Investigation showed that Park treated his parents well and was the type who is affectionate. He had told his acquaintances many times that he is extremely distressed about the process of his father's fight against the disease.

Q: He was said to have taken sleeping pills over an extended period of time.
A: It was never stated that he took them for an extended period. It has not been confirmed whether he took sleeping pills on May 30 but he did take a few recently. But it has nothing to do with the cause of his death. The cause of his death is suffocation.

Q: Did he not have any financial issues?
A: We do not investigate into one's financial standing when dealing with a death.

Q: Are you sure there was no will?
A: We looked at the notebooks and belongings in his room but we could not find anything which could be considered a will.

Q: Was he suffering from depression?
A: There was no indication either that he had health issues or was suffering from depression.

Q: What about love issues?
A: Nobody has said he had such issues.

Q: Has the case been closed?
A: We handed over the case to prosecutors regarding his body we did not carry out an autopsy on. We have also handed over the body to the family of the bereaved and the case has been closed.

Q: Did you investigate into his phone call records?
A: We got hold of his mobile phone but he had deleted records of his calls. I think he did it himself. The text messages were still there.

Q: Why did he come to Korea when he's on tour?
A: He visited because of his father's illness.

Reporter : Ko Jae-wan star@
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@





Celebrities mourn the death of Park Yong Ha

Shortly after the unfortunate news of Park Yong Ha’s death went public, many celebrity figures have begun to express their condolences. Quite many have already paid a visit to the hospital where the man now rests in peace, but it seems like the loss is just too shocking for anyone to handle easily.

TVXQ’s Jaejoong was one of the first ones to hear of Park Yong Ha’s death, as he’s been a good friend of the actor for a long time. With both being popular in Japan, the two often shared advices on their international activities.

Jaejoong revealed in disbelief, “Park Yong Ha and I even had a phone call yesterday, so I really can’t believe he died. His voice sounded very bright, and I couldn’t feel any difference from other usual days. We ended the call by promising to have a drink of soju once I return to Korea after recording. It’s very shocking.”

Many stars used Twitter to mourn over the actor’s death. MC Mong and Jo Kwon both tweeted, “My condolences go out to Park Yong Ha.” Jo Kwon also shared a story of how Park Yong Ha was at a nearby studio while he was recording Like a Stupid for the drama Personal Taste with his 2AM members.

Shortly after the unfortunate news of Park Yong Ha’s death went public, many celebrity figures have begun to express their condolences. Quite many have already paid a visit to the hospital where the man now rests in peace, but it seems like the loss is just too shocking for anyone to handle easily.

TVXQ’s Jaejoong was one of the first ones to hear of Park Yong Ha’s death, as he’s been a good friend of the actor for a long time. With both being popular in Japan, the two often shared advices on their international activities.

Jaejoong revealed in disbelief, “Park Yong Ha and I even had a phone call yesterday, so I really can’t believe he died. His voice sounded very bright, and I couldn’t feel any difference from other usual days. We ended the call by promising to have a drink of soju once I return to Korea after recording. It’s very shocking.”

Many stars used Twitter to mourn over the actor’s death. MC Mong and Jo Kwon both tweeted, “My condolences go out to Park Yong Ha.” Jo Kwon also shared a story of how Park Yong Ha was at a nearby studio while he was recording Like a Stupid for the drama Personal Taste with his 2AM members.



KARA’s Park Gyuri also left a comment on her Twitter, saying,

“He was one of my favorite actors…My condolences go out to Park Yong Ha… I ask myself, if his closest friends are saying they do not know the reason of his death, how hard would it have been for Park Yong Ha to hide his pain all along?… What we see isn’t everything. I hope everyone around, including myself, feels the happiness in life always by not forgetting how thankful we should be. I hope he’s free of burdens at where he is now… Ah, I’m getting tears”

Park Yong Ha’s fellow actor, So Ji Sub was the first celebrity to arrive at the mortuary, and was seen weeping in sadness. He murmured “How could this happen…” but couldn’t finish his sentence from overflowing tears.

Actress-singer Eugene was perhaps the most shocked one of all. She had a public celebrity & celebrity relationship with Park Yong Ha, but separated quite a while ago. According to her acquaintance, she was simply too shocked to even shed tears, and expressed her need to be alone at the moment.

Other celebrities who came to pay their respects also include Park Hee Soon, Kim Hyung Joon (SS501), Ki Bum (U-Kiss), Park Hyo Shin, Kim Hyun Joo, Kim Min Jung, Yunho, PSY, Ryu Si Won, CNBLUE, Eru, Song Seung Hun, Jung Il Woo, Jung Jun Ha, Kim Min Jong, KangTa, Seo In Kook, Lee Byung Hun, Shin Seung Hoon, Go Joo Won, Choi Ji Woo, Kim Ji Hoon, Kim Ha Neul, Kim Gyuri, Kim Bum, Gummy, Lyn, Kim Kyu Jong, Lee Yeon Hee, Sean, Oh Ji Ho, Bae Yong Joon, Jang Hyuk, Se7en, Park Han Byul, Lee Bum Soo, Park Ki Woong, Lee Philip, Park Si Yeon, Won Bin, Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Jong Kook, Yoon Eun Hye, etc.





Korean stars attend Park Yong-ha's coffin rites


Korean actor So Ji-sub attends the coffin rites for Park Yong-ha at St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea on July 1, 2010

The coffin rites for actor Park Yong-ha, who took his own life Wednesday morning, was attended by numerous Korean celebrities including actors So Ji-sub, Kim Hyun-joo, Jung Tae-woo and singers Park Hyo-shin and Kim Won-joon.

The coffin rites, held from 2 p.m. for around 40 minutes, was conducted in a Buddhist ceremony. Many of Park's close actor friends showed up at the coffin rites to take part in the ritual.

So Ji-sub, a close friend of Park, has been staying at Park's wake service since yesterday morning and appeared particularly gaunt with puffy eyes.

Park's parents, both in wheelchairs, came to mourn the death of their son. Park's father, a famed music producer during the 1970s and 1980s, is currently suffering from late-stage stomach cancer.

The actor's family members allowed the Japanese fans to pay their condolences until 1 p.m.

The coffin will be born out of Seoul's St. Mary's Hospital tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. with the funeral set to take place three hours later. His body will be cremated in Sungnam.

His remains will be buried at the Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province


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why ... any updates? yet another Seoul artist passed away RIP ...
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I'M SHOCK.........!!!!! and sad.........and still cant believed it
u can read at dramabeans.com for detail,
yesterday I'm almost jumping around at my office cause I'm so happy at news that he will filming his new drama,
but this morning ???

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Wow, I can't believe it.....
May he rest in peace.

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so many Korean stars committed suicide. This is so sad and unexpected.

R.I.P <333
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i saw him last year when he started A Man's story . Is Getting Too Much
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RIP
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R.I.P. :<
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That is imposible... Just now i saw that - Park was found dead at 5:30 am June 30, 2010 at his home in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul, hanging from a mobile phone charger cable. ... Unbelievable ... What ?
No suicide note has been found. Suicide? ... I can't believe.


According to his family, Park said "I'm sorry. I'm sorry," last night after massaging his father, who is terminally ill with stomach cancer.
I just refuse to believe.

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Park’s last phone call (or one of his last) was reportedly with DBSK’s Hero Jaejoong, with whom he’d grown closer as he gave the latter advice about pursuing singer activities in Japan. Jaejoong is currently recording in the U.S. and said, “I spoke with him on the phone yesterday, and his voice sounded so bright. I didn’t feel he was at all different from his normal self. We agreed to have a drink together when I got back to Korea. I’m in such shock.”


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WOW
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Oh gosh..X_X so many ppl suicide nowadays;_; ~ RIP.
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So sad...another wasted life
May he rest in peace.
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Bye Bye dear heart
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