Breaking news:Park Yong-hawas discovered dead at his Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, home on the morning of June 30. I’ll update with details if/as they become available.
I am in utter shock. WHAT?
Park Yong-ha died at the age of 32, having debuted fifteen years ago in youth shows like KBS’s 1995Love Blossoms in the Classroomand 1996’sStart. He shot to fame with 2002’sWinter Sonata, which made him a household name and a “Hallyu star.” He used that fame as a springboard a singing career in Japan, where he enjoyed quite a lot of popularity. He had a successful drama hit in 2008’sOn Air, and totally stole my heart in 2009’sStory of a Man, which is one of my favorite dramas EVER.
Most recently, Park Yong-ha was cast alongsideYoon Eun-hyein the high-profile drama remake of Hong Kong filmTian Mi Mi, tentatively titledLove Song.
This is just… awful. Horrible and unexpected. Currently they are not ruling this a suicide, but that’s the foremost presumption.
The evening prior to his death (29th), Park missed a meeting with drama producers for his upcoming projectLove Song. His manager couldn’t get in contact with him.
One producer said that they had seen Park occasionally in a down mood, but attributed it to news of Park’s father suffering from cancer. His father recently moved back home from the hospital after his stomach cancer was deemed late-stage.
Park reportedly died from hanging. He was found by his mother in his room with a cell phone cord around his neck.
Around 12:40 am, he was with his father, massaging his father’s legs. Park told him “I’m sorry” over and over. He then went into his room, where he was found in the morning.
Producers ofLove Songare “in panic mode” because Park’s passing leaves them without a lead. Yeah, eff you producers.
Park had said in an interview that he suffered from depression, which was exacerbated by prolonged promotional activities abroad.
One friend says, “There’s no way to know the real reason, but when I met Park a few months ago, he seemed depressed.” His father’s illness made things worse.
Park’sStory of a Manco-starPark Shi-yeon(currently acting inCoffee House) reportedly received a “huge shock” from the news and “is in very bad condition.” She is so distraught that there’s concern she won’t be able to continue filming.
Park Shi-yeon spoke with Park on the phone yesterday, but thought he sounded normal.
And themedia frenzybegins. That photo is from outside Park’s home.
The parade of celebrity visits is also just beginning, with stars coming to pay their respects to Park, whose body was transferred to a Kangnam hospital. It’s morning in Korea now, and this will likely continue all day. I won’t be posting on it, but you can rest assured there’ll be plenty of media there as well.
His death is even more perplexing because he had made plans to meet friends later in the day.