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The “Parasite” Actor Lee Sun Kyun Found Dead at 48

By Orgesta Tolaj


28 December 2023

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce and discuss the iconic South Korean actor Lee Sun Kyun’s death. Renowned for the portrayal of the father role in “Parasite,” Lee Sun Kyun has left behind a legacy for other actors to follow. However, his death announcement has met its fair share of controversies. Here is everything you need to know about the actor’s passing.

Lee Sun Kyun’s Death Announcement

The South Korean actor, internationally acclaimed for his notable performance in the Academy Award-winning film “Parasite,” has tragically passed away at the age of 48. The police in Seoul confirmed the news. They revealed that they had received a missing person report from Lee’s manager via their hotline.

The actor was previously accused of using drugs. In South Korea, drug usage is a very high criminal offense. Moreover, people can face a long time in jail for doing them. However, one day before his passing, Lee Sun Kyun requested a lie detector test to prove his innocence.

Lee Sun Kyun’s Drug Allegations

The actor had been subjected to overnight questioning regarding drug use allegations. Additionally, he, along with his defense attorney, had made a new request.

On December 26, legal sources revealed that Lee Sun Kyun was under investigation for drug control law violations involving marijuana and psychotropic substances. The actor then requested a polygraph test. He submitted a written opinion through his defense attorney to the Incheon Police Narcotics Crime Investigation Division. According to his defense attorney, the recent round of questioning resembled a confrontation investigation. The police presented statements and sought Lee Sun Kyun’s opinions on them.

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The actor’s defense attorney conveyed that attending the police station again was burdensome and proposed a private administration of the polygraph test. Following the request, the police were set to decide shortly on whether to proceed with the polygraph test. However, two days after the request was made, Lee Sun Kyun’s death was announced.

Lee Sun Kyun’s Cause of Death

As of now, there are only speculations. Especially since his death announcement came two days after the actor was still being investigated for drug abuse. Lee, recognized for his compelling portrayal of Park Dong-ik, the patriarch of the affluent Park family in “Parasite,” was found in his car on a Wednesday morning. The police have stated that the presumed cause of death is suicide. The actor’s untimely demise happened in the middle of an ongoing investigation into allegations of illegal drug use, adding a layer of complexity to the circumstances surrounding his passing. The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a talented actor whose contributions to the critically acclaimed film had garnered international acclaim.

Lee Sun Kyun Legacy

Lee Sun Kyun leaves behind a legacy marked by his impactful contributions to the world of cinema, particularly in the realm of South Korean and international film. His versatile acting skills and compelling performances have left an indelible mark on audiences worldwide.

Beyond “Parasite,” Lee Sun Kyun’s filmography is a testament to his diverse talent. He engaged audiences with his ability to embody characters across various genres, showcasing a range that resonated with both critics and viewers. His dedication to his craft and his ability to bring depth to his roles established him as a respected figure in the entertainment industry.

His ability to breathe life into diverse characters transcended cultural boundaries, earning him respect and admiration on a global scale. May the actor rest in peace as we send our condolences to the Lee family.

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