South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun dead at 48

Lee’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide

Lee Sun-kyun, the actor known for his role in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” has died at the age of 48.

Driving the news: He was found unconscious in a car at Waryong Park in central Seoul, and law enforcement is investigating his death as a possible suicide.


  • In addition to his role in “Parasite,” Lee also starred in the sci-fi series “Dr. Brain” on Apple TV+, earning him a nomination for best actor in the 2022 International Emmy Awards.
  • Prior to his death, Lee had faced police questioning in connection with alleged drug use, including marijuana. He had maintained that he was tricked into taking drugs.
  • Lee’s funeral will be held for family and colleagues, according to his management company HODU&U Entertainment.

What they’re saying: “There’s no way to contain sorrow and despair,” HODU&U Entertainment said in a statement. 

  • The company asked the public to refrain from spreading false facts based on speculation. 
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