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Lee Sun-kyun: Parasite Actor Found Dead in Car


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Thomas Burns

Lee Sun Kuyn, a South Korean actor, was found dead at 48 this week.

Best known for his role in the Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite, he has been found dead in central Seoul in what is being treated as a suicide.

Police found the body of the 48-year-old actor in a car near a city park in central Seoul. Police believe that Lee took his own life.

According to South Korean police, they had received a report that Lee had left a note behind at his apartment.

The actor had been under investigation by police for alleged drug use since October.

After being found, Lee’s body was taken to Seoul National University. Reports suggest that the family has refused an autopsy and that he will be buried on Friday.

As part of the investigation into Lee’s death, police are looking into the time of his arrival at the scene, the time of his death, and the location of where he died.

Lee’s most well-known work came in his role in the film Parasite, which won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Lee plays the role of a wealthy father whose family slowly gets infiltrated by another family throughout the film.

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."

A report by Yonhap claimed that the actor had been suspected of using illegal drugs marijuana and ketamine with a hostess of a bar in the South Korean capital Seoul.

The actor had said that he had not realised that the substances were illegal. Despite this, it has been reported that the hostess told police he had used drugs at her home multiple times, something Lee had denied. The actor had previously requested to take a lie detector test.

Despite the investigation into his drug use and reports that police had three rounds of questioning with Lee, one of which reportedly lasted 19 hours, as reported by News1 Korea,.

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