Yet another Korean actress takes her own life. Tragedies like this seem far too frequent in Korean cinema. :(Actress Jang Ja-yeon in Apparent Suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday evening in what appears to be suicide. Jang (29) had been appearing in the hugely popular TV drama "Boys Over Flowers" on KBS 2TV.
Police said that Jang's older sister found the actress hanged on stairs to the second floor of her home. She said she called her sister several times but got no answer, so she went to her home to check.
Jang lived with her sister and younger brother since she lost her parents in a car accident about 10 years ago. She made her debut as a commercial model in 2006, and recently took the role of the bad girl harassing heroine Geum Jan-di in "Boys over Flowers." Police believe she committed suicide since her family testified she had been treated for depression for a year and the fact there was no evidence of foul play.
About 250,000 fans visited her website to express their condolences on Saturday and 700,000 on Sunday.
And also...Actress Jang Ja-yeon 'Left Suicide Note'
The actress Jang Ja-yeon, who hanged herself last Saturday, left a lengthy suicide note. "Ja-yeon would feel sad if she knew people consider her as a mere depression patient who died without even leaving a will," a friend told the Chosun Ilbo. "I decided to reveal some part of her writing dotted with thumbprints to pay respect to what she had in mind."
But the friend added, "Even though the note includes details of how she has been hurt since she started working in show business to become an actress, I won't reveal it all because that could cause unwitting damage to others."
Jang's friends have been suspicious that the 29-year-old really killed herself due to depression because she had just risen from relative obscurity through the hugely popular TV drama, "Boys over Flowers."
Jang was allegedly distressed over the need to choose an agency, but a representative with her current agency said Sunday, "She wanted to renew the contract with us after it expired, so we were discussing the matter. I canít believe that problems surrounding the agency have driven her to suicide."
A representative at another agency identified as Yu, to whom Jang had reportedly talked about her problems, is believed to have seen the suicide note but has been incommunicado since he wrote on his website, "People in the entertainment world know why she killed herself."