South Korea Actress Jeon Mi-seon Found Dead in Hotel Room; Reportedly a Suicide Due to Depression

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If you didn’t know, here’s a new fact for you: South Korea is very competitive.

So competitive that students studied more than fifteen hours a day with just a few hours of sleep daily—and they’re not humblebragging.

And that’s the reason why we’re also using so many South Korea products: Nokia was overtaken by Samsung, Toyota and Honda are now competing aggressively with Hyundai and Kia and our TV screen is filled with K-drama instead of J-Drama.

While it’s unknown whether this latest incident is due to the competitive nature, suicide cases for Korean celebrities aren’t uncommon: we’ve even compiled a list of celebrities who had taken their lives.

And now, there’s a new victim: 48-year-old Jeon Mi-seon.

Jeon Mi-seon

Image: New York Daily News

Jeon Mi-seon, who was born in 1970, is a veteran Korean actress, having debuted in 1986 when she was just mere 16 years old. She’s married with two children.

Over in Korean, the award-winning actress is well-known for her roles in Five Fingers and The Moon That Embraces the Sun.

For most Singaporeans, we might remember her guest-starring in Running Man.

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Sad News for Korea Entertainment Industry

Yesterday morning (29 June 2019), the actress was found dead in a hotel room in North Jeolla province’s Jeonju, a place she was scheduled to stay for two days for a theatre play at the Samsung Culture Centre of Chonbuk National University in Jeonju. The show has since been cancelled.

Apparently, her manager had called the police after she was deemed to have gone missing. The police then found her body in her hotel room.

The room wasn’t broken in, and while the police are investigating the cause of death, it was wildly speculated to be suicide as she was reportedly suffering from depression.

According to a recent statement by the police, “We believe Jeon Mi-seon was very depressed because there was a death in the family and her mother had been very ill.”

 Suicide Cases in Korea

Just last month, K-pop star Goo Hara reportedly attempted to kill herself due to depression in her house, but was found by her manager and has since recovered.

South Korea has the highest suicide rate among all OECD countries since 2003, with an average of a person committing suicide every 40 seconds.

In any case, if you know of anyone who needs help, or if you need help yourself, do call the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) 24-hour hotline at 1800-221 4444.


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