South Korean actor Seon-gyun Lee, known for the Oscar-winning film “Parasite”, was found dead in his car in central Seoul on Wednesday morning local time, Yonhap news agency reported, citing local police.
The services were notified by the actor’s wife, who reported that her husband “left the house and left a message that looked like a farewell letter,” The Korea Herald reported.
Police found the actor’s body in a car in a park in central Seoul. As reported by AP, there was a briquette on the passenger seat.
Actor under the microscope of investigators
The 48-year-old actor was under investigation for drug use. As Reuters reports, the police interrogated him three times. One of the interrogations lasted as long as 19 hours.
Lee claimed he was innocent and that he possessed the illegal substances by mistake, thinking they were sleeping pills. He allegedly received them from an employee of an exclusive bar in Seoul.
Korean police are investigating the case as a suicide.
South Korea has strict drug laws. Possession of illegal substances can result in six months in prison. Recidivists and dealers are punished with up to 14 years in prison.
Star of the movie “Parasite”
Seon-gyun Lee gained international fame thanks to his role in the film “Parasite”. The 2019 film directed by Bong Joon-ho won an Oscar in February 2020 in four categories: best film, best director, best original screenplay and best international feature film. The production received as many as six Oscar nominations.
In the film, Lee played the role of a wealthy Mr. Park, the owner of an international IT company, whose home is infiltrated by lower-class family members posing as highly qualified domestic help. An intricate plot leads to a bloody end.
Lee, who was born in 1975, has played leading roles in South Korean films such as the 2012 thriller “Clueless” and the 2014 romantic comedy “All About My Wife.” He also played the main role in the series “Dr. Brain: Into the Depths of Consciousness”.
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