When American entertainers go off the rails, they typically seek out vices to numb the pain, do a public mea culpa and head straight for rehab. In South Korea, however, suicide is an all too common remedy to one’s problems. Popular actor/singer Park Yong-Ha was found dead earlier today. Police say he took his own life due to career pressures while caring for his 62-year-old father who is suffering from terminal stomach cancer. Park’s death is the latest in a string of high-profile suicides in Korea. “I must be sick instead of you, father. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Park, 33, tearfully told his father before his mother later found him hanging by the electric cord of his camcorder at his Seoul home hours after he came home intoxicated.
Park began his acting career in the late ’90s, starring in popular Korean TV dramas. More recently, he starred in 2002’s Winter Sonata and 2009’s A Man’s Story. Park was widely popular in Japan and released eight albums there. According to published reports, he was supposed to hold 12 concerts across Japan from July 2 to Aug. 22 and the tickets were sold out, according to Japanese record company Pony Canyon Inc. News of Park’s suicide dominated headlines in Japan along with the country’s World Cup defeat to Paraguay.
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Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog