A mere four days preceding his suspected suicide, Lee Sun-kyun, who is well-known for his part in the movie Parasite, begged the authorities to stop interrogating him about a purported extortion conspiracy, sources revealed to TMZ and other outlets. Sun-kyun, who won an Academy Award for his performance as Park Dong-ik in Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 movie, was found deceased on December 27 at the age of 48 in his car in Seoul’s Waryong Park.
The cops were questioning him about allegations that he used illegal drugs. The actor was accused of using marijuana and other drugs at a local pub hostess’s house. Claiming ignorance of the medicines’ nature, he asserted that he was tricked into ingesting them and charged the hostess with trying to blackmail him. Authorities and legal professionals said that the actor’s counsel had asked for the current round of interrogation to be closed to the media on Saturday, but the petition was turned down by the police.
A day before Sun-kyun passed away tragically, the attorney had stated on Tuesday that he hoped that any further questioning would take place in private, noting his client’s uneasiness with discussing the accusations in front of others. The general public and the entertainment industry expressed deep sorrow over the actor’s passing. It also sparked questions about the inspection’s apparent rigour and transparency, which exposed Lee’s personal life to scrutiny by the press.
Following a news briefing, Chief Kim Hui-jung, the leader of the district police department that looked into South Korean star Lee Sun-kyun, defended the intense interrogation, saying it was appropriate and done with Lee’s permission. Commissioner of Police for Incheon Metropolitan Kim Hui-jung expressed deep sorrow at the death and offered the family his heartfelt condolences. Kim underlined the need to speak with Lee, who had made three well-publicised appearances—including a late-night session—to get his viewpoint, all of which were carried out in front of his attorney. Kim stated that by relying on particular reports, testimony, and evidence, the inquiry followed legally mandated protocols.
Throughout October to December, Sun-kyun appeared in the media several times; the most recent one was on Christmas Eve. He declined to comment when reporters asked about the accusations against him throughout this period, but he did guarantee that he was actively helping with the investigation. Sadly, after going missing, his body was found dead in a car at a park in Seoul.