The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Lee Sun-kyun. The well-known South Korean actor, famous for his role as the wealthy patriarch Park Dong-ik in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” was found deceased in his car, according to South Korean authorities.
Tragically, the 48-year-old actor was discovered in a park with a charcoal briquette in the passenger seat of his vehicle. Reports suggest that Lee’s wife had informed authorities that he had left their home after leaving behind what appeared to be a farewell note.
Prior to his death, Lee was embroiled in an investigation relating to alleged drug use and possession of marijuana at a bar in Seoul. Despite denying deliberate drug use and claiming that a hostess had secretly provided him with the drugs, Lee underwent 19 hours of questioning on Sunday regarding these allegations.
The entertainment world mourns the untimely loss of the versatile actor, #LeeSunKyun, renowned for his portrayal of Park Dong-Ik in the 2019 film, Parasite, and numerous other remarkable performances in the Korean Entertainment Industry. Rest in Peace my dear 아저씨 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/L8kQe5DspR
— 🌸⁷사라🌸 (@c0zycherry) December 27, 2023
Lee Sun-kyun gained global recognition for his role in “Parasite,” which earned him a Screen Actors Guild award. However, he had already made a name for himself in South Korea’s entertainment industry, with a career spanning over a decade, including a significant role in the 2007 series “Coffee Prince.”
The news of Lee’s passing comes at a time of heightened crackdown on drug-related offenses in South Korea. The government has recently intensified efforts to combat drug trafficking and trading, implementing strict laws that could result in significant prison terms for offenders.
In recent times, South Korea’s entertainment industry has faced several high-profile drug scandals involving celebrities, highlighting the nation’s strict stance on drug use and its legal consequences.