Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

Parasite star, Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

Parasite star, Lee Sun-kyun has been finally laid to rest following a tearful funeral at Seoul National University Hospital. 

 

 

The actor’s family, friends, and fans gathered to say their final goodbyes as they wept beside the vehicle carrying Sun-kyun’s coffin on Friday, December 29.

 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

His wife Jeon Hye-jin, an actress and former Miss Korea contestant, and two sons were also in attendance. 

 

 

The star’s portrait was carried out of the funeral home by his eldest son, followed by his wife who held hands with the couple’s youngest child. Lee’s friends and co-stars watched the funeral procession filled with tears and sorrow. 

 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

Lee was found dead in his car in a suspected suicide at the age of 48 on Wednesday morning.

 

 

His wife called the police after finding a suicide note. His body was found in a Seoul car park. 

 

 

The star will be cremated and his remains will be placed at a memorial park in Gwangju, 32 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

His agency urged the public to respect the heartbroken family’s privacy earlier this week, adding that the funeral would be held in private. 

 

 

Lee married Jeon, who appeared as a contestant in the 1997 Miss Korea pageant on behalf of Gyeongnam, in 2009 and the couple shared two sons.  

 

 

Before his death, Lee was being investigated by police over allegations of taking marijuana and a powder which his accuser, a hostess at a high-end bar, said was ketamine. She claimed the drugs were taken at her home. 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

After news of an official investigation into his alleged drug use was published in late October, he was dropped from major projects, including a mystery thriller TV show, No Way Out, that began shooting that month.

 

 

The production company in charge of shooting the show sought to fire him after police said they may have needed a sample of his hair for drug testing, local media reported.

 

 

The production company said at the time that it had notified all crew and cast members working on the show, which is about a South Korean serial killer who is being hunted down by a police officer, that the shooting would be postponed for two weeks to reorganise the cast. 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

His three appearances at police stations for questioning were highly publicised and made headlines. His lawyer, after his final session on December 23, asked that any further questioning be carried out in private, owing to the ‘burden’ of the spotlight.

 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

Lee insisted he had not knowingly taken illegal drugs, and passed toxicology tests: he was demanding a lie detector test at the time of his death, to assess whether he or the hostess – known only as ‘A’ – was telling the truth.

 

 

He claimed she was trying to blackmail him, and had filed a criminal case.

 

Parasite star,  Lee Sun-kyun laid to rest following suspected suicide (Photos)

 

‘I would like to sincerely apologize once again for causing so many people concerns,’ he said after his first questioning, on October 28 at the Nonhyeon Police Station in Incheon.

 

 

‘I will answer all questions truthfully.

 

 

‘A’ tricked me into doing drugs. I did not know that what she handed me were illegal drugs.’

 

 

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