Top Actress Choi Jin-sil Found Dead at Home

Woah O_O this is a shock!

Top actress Choi Jin-sil was found dead Thursday morning in her home in what appears to be a suicide. She was found in a shower booth with pressure band wrapped around her neck.

Police says that her body was discovered by her family member at 6:15 and police arrived at the scene around 7:30. No suicide note was found. The details and circumstances of her death are still being investigated.

Choi has been under enormous pressure lately from rumors implicating her in the suicide death of TV actor Ahn Jae-hwan, husband of Choi’s close friend, comedienne Jung Sun-hee. Internet postings accused Choi of lending about 2 million dollars to Ahn, indirectly driving him to his death. Police arrested a 25-year-old securities firm employee in late September for initiating the false rumor in cyber space.

Choi debuted in 1988 on a TV historical drama and since then has played numerous leading roles in both TV and films. She rose to stardom in the romantic TV drama “Jealousy” in 1992, and starred in such hits as “You and Me,” “Bad Woman, Good Woman,” “Rose and Bean Sprouts,” and “My Rosy Life.” Her latest starring role was in “The Last Scandal of My Life” the spring of 2008, which put her back in the limelight as the most bankable middle-aged star.

While enjoying professional success, her personal life, on the other hand, has been full of ups and downs. She married then baseball star Cho Sung-min in December 2000, but divorced him five years later. They have two children, whose last name was changed from “Cho” to their maternal sir name “Choi” this year. Well-known for her fierce loyalty and strong friendship with a small group of celebrities, which include comediennes Jung Sun-hee and Lee Young-ja and models Lee So-ra and Hong Jin-kyung among others, she was apparently devastated by the death of Ahn and the ensuing rumors. The general public suspects that the stress from the recent string of events pushed her over the edge and prompted her to take her own life. Her body is currently at rest in Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul.

source: KBS World

’90s TV Icon Discovered Dead in Her Apartment

Top Korean actress Choi Jin-shil has been found dead in her Jamwon-dong apartment in Seoul. According to police, Choi was found dead by her mother on the morning of October 2 at 6:15 a.m. The police are currently investigating the details of the incident but tentatively concluded that the actress had committed suicide.

A police official said Choi had apparently hung herself with a compress in the shower booth. Close acquaintances say that Choi had been severely depressed after the recent suicide of actor Ahn Jae-hwan, who was the husband of her close friend and popular TV and radio host Jeong Seon-hee.

Choi had recently been at the center of unconfirmed rumors alleging that Ahn had owed her an enormous sum of money which she had lent to him as a private loan. Choi had denied the rumors and asked the police to investigate the matter. A couple of days prior to her death, the police indicted without detention a woman in her 20s for spreading the rumor online.

Source: KBS Global

Actress Choi Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

Actress Choi Jin-sil was found dead in her home in Seoul in an apparent suicide, police said Thursday, amid rumors linking her demise to the death of an actor last month.

The 40-year-old Choi has been a national heartthrob for the past two decades appearing in numerous box-office hit films, dramas, and commercials.

According to Seocho Police Station, Choi’s mother found the actress hanging by an elastic bandage in a shower stall at her home at 6:15 a.m. and reported it to them at 7:34 a.m.

An investigation is under way into the exact cause of her death, but currently police are leaning toward suicide since Choi sent a text message to her makeup manager hinting that she would kill herself. In the message, she said “My dear, I hope you take care of my children if something happens to me.”

An autopsy was conducted at Kangnam St. Mary’s Hospital that night, with results due within days.

“Taking the evidence and testimony into consideration, we believe she apparently committed suicide,” Yang Jae-ho, a chief investigator said. “We will continue to look into the case to clarify the cause and other details.”

Investigators said Choi drank with her manager last night and returned home at around midnight. Crying before her mother, she said “I am disappointed in people who allege I pulled strings behind the death of (actor) Ahn Jae-hwan. I had nothing to do with his suicide.” Then, she entered the bathroom and locked the door.

Waking up at around 4 a.m., her mother entered her room and learned Choi was still in the bathroom. As there was no reaction to her knock, she called a maintenance man to open the door at 6 a.m.

Ahn, the husband of popular comedian Jung Sun-hee, was found dead inside his car in early September also in an apparent suicide using toxic fumes generated by burning charred briquettes.

Rumors have since circulated on the Internet that Choi had lent billions of won to Ahn, who was reportedly shouldering huge debts due to his faltering business. Rumors also said Choi pressured and even threatened Ahn to get her money back.

Choi had asked police to investigate the origins of what she called groundless stories, and a securities company official was arrested this week on suspicion of spreading the rumor that Choi lent 2.5 billion won ($2.5 million) to the late actor.

On Wednesday, the actress went to a studio to shoot a commercial, but this was canceled halfway through due to her poor health. Choi’s partner at the shoot, Sohn Hyun-joo, said she looked very weary. “Her face looked really bad and she found it difficult to continue and had to stop after two hours,” Sohn said.

Born in Seoul on December 24, 1968, the all-smiling Choi jumped to stardom in the 1990s after appearing in a TV commercial for a Samsung video tape recorder.

Despite her professional success, her personal life was tough. Her manager Bae Byung-soo was killed by Choi’s driver in 1994, and Choi was called to testify in the case. In 2000, Choi married Cho Sung-min, then a popular baseball player, but this ended in an ugly divorce in 2004. She is survived by her two children.

Source: Korea Times


2 thoughts on “Top Actress Choi Jin-sil Found Dead at Home

  1. this is such a depressing news. there are so many deaths in the Korean entertainment world in such short intervals. i haven not seen many of her works, but i like her in The Last Scandal of My Life. i think that was her last drama and she was supposed to act in the second part of that drama soon.

    mmm … she’s exactly a month younger than me (based on the birthdate given above)! RIP Choi Jin Shil.

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