‘Parasite’ star Lee Sun-kyun found dead in apparent suicide amid drug investigation: report

‘Parasite’ star Lee Sun-kyun found dead in apparent suicide amid drug investigation: report
Lee Sun-Kyun acting
Lee Sun-Kyun was found dead in an apparent suicide at the age of 48, according to multiple outlets.Courtesy Everett Collection

“Parasite” star Lee Sun-kyun was reportedly found dead in an apparent suicide. He was 48.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the actor was discovered unresponsive in a car at a park in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday.

He had a charcoal briquette next to him, which points to a possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

Per the outlet, he was not transported to a hospital because he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A cause of death has not been confirmed.

Page Six was unable to reach representatives for the South Korean actor for comment.

Police investigate a car in which the body of South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun was found

The actor, best known for 2019’s “Parasite,” was found dead in his car Tuesday morning, officials told Yonhap News Agency. YONHAP/AFP via Getty Images

Lee was located after his family alerted police that he had driven away from home and left a message similar to a suicide note behind.


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Before his death, Lee had completed three rounds of questioning by police after he was suspected of using marijuana and other illegal substances.

Lee Sun-kyun on the red carpet

The actor’s family reportedly contacted police after he went out and left behind something similar to a suicide note. AFP via Getty Images

Lee was suspected of using drugs multiple times this year — including last Saturday — at the residence of a hostess employed by a high-end bar in Seoul, per Yonhap News Agency.

The actor claimed the woman tricked him into taking drugs and he had no idea what he had ingested.

His original drug tests all reportedly came back negative, including one conducted by the National Forensic Service last month.

Lee Sun-kyun walking

He had recently been questioned by law enforcement over suspected drug use, according to the outlet. YONHAP/AFP via Getty Images

Lee Sun-kyun walking

It was reported that his drug tests came back negative and that he requested to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence. YONHAP/AFP via Getty Images

He also reportedly submitted a request to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.

Lee rose to fame in 2019’s “Parasite,” in which he played the head of a wealthy family who held a terrible secret.

He went on to score a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Lee Sun-kyun on the red carpet

In 2020, he won a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS

Lee Sun-kyun on the red carpet

In 2022, he was also nominated for Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards for his role in “Dr. Brain.” AFP via Getty Images

It marked the first time a foreign-language film won in that category.

Last year, he was nominated for Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards for his role in the sci-fi thriller “Dr. Brain.”

He is also known for 2007’s “Coffee Prince,” 2010’s “Pasta” series, 2014’s “A Hard Day” and 2018’s “My Mister.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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