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Park Yong-ha discovered dead at home
by | June 29, 2010 | 547 Comments

Breaking news: Park Yong-ha was discovered dead at his Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, home on the morning of June 30. I’ll update with details if/as they become available.

I am in utter shock. WHAT?

Park Yong-ha died at the age of 32, having debuted fifteen years ago in youth shows like KBS’s 1995 Love Blossoms in the Classroom and 1996’s Start. He shot to fame with 2002’s Winter Sonata, which made him a household name and a “Hallyu star.” He used that fame as a springboard a singing career in Japan, where he enjoyed quite a lot of popularity. He had a successful drama hit in 2008’s On Air, and totally stole my heart in 2009’s Story of a Man, which is one of my favorite dramas EVER.

Most recently, Park Yong-ha was cast alongside Yoon Eun-hye in the high-profile drama remake of Hong Kong film Tian Mi Mi, tentatively titled Love Song.

This is just… awful. Horrible and unexpected. Currently they are not ruling this a suicide, but that’s the foremost presumption.

UPDATE

  • The evening prior to his death (29th), Park missed a meeting with drama producers for his upcoming project Love Song. His manager couldn’t get in contact with him.
  • One producer said that they had seen Park occasionally in a down mood, but attributed it to news of Park’s father suffering from cancer. His father recently moved back home from the hospital after his stomach cancer was deemed late-stage.
  • Park reportedly died from hanging. He was found by his mother in his room with a cell phone cord around his neck.
  • Around 12:40 am, he was with his father, massaging his father’s legs. Park told him “I’m sorry” over and over. He then went into his room, where he was found in the morning.
  • Producers of Love Song are “in panic mode” because Park’s passing leaves them without a lead. Yeah, eff you producers.
  • Park had said in an interview that he suffered from depression, which was exacerbated by prolonged promotional activities abroad.
  • One friend says, “There’s no way to know the real reason, but when I met Park a few months ago, he seemed depressed.” His father’s illness made things worse.
  • Park’s Story of a Man co-star Park Shi-yeon (currently acting in Coffee House) reportedly received a “huge shock” from the news and “is in very bad condition.” She is so distraught that there’s concern she won’t be able to continue filming.
  • Park Shi-yeon spoke with Park on the phone yesterday, but thought he sounded normal.
  • And the media frenzy begins. That photo is from outside Park’s home.
  • The parade of celebrity visits is also just beginning, with stars coming to pay their respects to Park, whose body was transferred to a Kangnam hospital. It’s morning in Korea now, and this will likely continue all day. I won’t be posting on it, but you can rest assured there’ll be plenty of media there as well.
  • His death is even more perplexing because he had made plans to meet friends later in the day.
  • Park’s last phone call (or one of his last) was reportedly with DBSK’s Hero Jaejoong, with whom he’d grown closer as he gave the latter advice about pursuing singer activities in Japan. Jaejoong is currently recording in the U.S. and said, “I spoke with him on the phone yesterday, and his voice sounded so bright. I didn’t feel he was at all different from his normal self. We agreed to have a drink together when I got back to Korea. I’m in such shock.”
  • Park’s last twitter message was posted Saturday the 26th (http://twitter.com/yonaaaaaa) and was about the World Cup. “We lost. But they did well. clap clap clap~ Everyone, let’s clap with warm hears for our national soccer team, who return with heavy steps. Good job!!”
  • Park had just come back from a tour in Japan. The day before that (the 25th), he tweeted, “How could they know to come to the airport and see me, and at such a late hour? ^^ I didn’t tell anyone but how could they know? keke. Impressive~ Anyway, thank you for coming to see me!! Tomorrow at the concert I’ll have to ask, ‘Who came to the airport yesterday?~~’ keke See you tomorrow ^^”
  • In an interview last year while promoting his movie The Scam, Park said, “I’ve suffered from insomnia for the last ten years. I’m rather sensitive. If something bothers me I can’t sleep until it’s resolved.” He added, “I’m envious of people who can sleep well. I think sleep is needed for good mental health.”

 
Via E Daily, Mk.co.kr

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547 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. snow

    i’m shocked too. i last watched him in story of a man and bits of on air. this is so sudden.

    RIP, Park Yong Ha.

    • 1.1 rebecca

      what a waist of life. what is hapanning in korea? so many young people commiting suicede. don’t you konw
      how to treat depression ? it can be stopped with medication .

      • 1.1.1 Valerie

        You can’t say it’s their fault. It’s not because they want to suicide that they do it. It’s because of the stupid public who make them suicide. Imagine having a life where everyday, you receive comments as “you’re ugly”, “get a life”, “why are you even an actor/singer?”, “nobody wants you” or even sometimes “die”. I agree that suiciding isn’t a solution, but those you aren’t criticizing the right person

  2. juicyjui

    Oh God… that’s just terrible. I send my prayers to his family, he was so talented and to have died so young ……

  3. J

    OMGGG!!! I’m in total shock…and crying. Please tell me this is a nightmare :(

  4. charitee

    OMG. NO WAY. I AM IN DISBELIEF. THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS.

    i find myself in shock. we just lost an amazing actor. this is horrible.

    my condolences to his family and loved ones. damn, i feel my heart breaking.

  5. Amy

    I am in complete and utter shock. This is unreal.

  6. kaedejun

    WHAT!?!?!? OMG I SAW THE HEADLINE ON SOOMPI AND DIDN’T BELIEVE IT!
    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?!?!?!?!?

  7. supah

    OMG! NO! Speechless.

  8. kc

    This is sad. I hope its not suicide because its trully a lost of a great actor. He has his limits but I trully felt he was great in Man’s Story.

    Its trully sad. :(

    RIP

  9. Lumi

    OMG. I heard bout the news and saw his name on Naver top search JUST NOW.

    And I just read bout his role in Love Song yesterday!

    T_T Such sad and sudden news.

  10. 10 Shini

    OMG

    I’m almost in tears! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS….I finally noticed him in story of a man and now he left not reaching 40? NO WAY! This cant be true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 11 Pat

    OMG! :( My prayer go out to his family!

  12. 12 belleza

    WHAT?!!!!???

  13. 13 ockoala

    Oh lord, may he rest in peace, OMG. I’m crying so hard, this is unbelievable. It’s like a horrible nightmare…..why?

  14. 14 M

    totally speechless right now

    i just read he’s gonna be in a new project! :( :(

  15. 15 Kit

    What the flying fuck? I just finished watching Story of a Man this morning at 5am.

    I don’t even……

  16. 16 belleza

    I’m not processing this at all. I see the words, but I can’t understand. :(

  17. 17 stopsearch

    I’m shocked. I’ve only just started watching Story of a Man and was really looking forward to his upcoming drama. It’s just so… sudden and unexpected for me T_T

  18. 18 belleza

    Song Seung Heon and So Ji Sup are two of his best friends too. It’s just . . . God I don’t even understand this . . .

  19. 19 litchi bubble tea

    omo, i don’t even…

    wiki says he strangled himself with a phone charger cord. :( :( :(

    this is so sad, RIP.

  20. 20 shirubanger

    OMG. WHAT? i just read about him being cast with yeh & now…. rip :( tragic

  21. 21 Sweet

    OMGGGG!
    Im speechless.
    Tottaly.
    I cant belive it!
    I cant REALLY belive it.
    Im in tears.

  22. 22 julieng

    I am shock! Very sad news, I don’t know is true but he hanged himself,I read on other soompi. RIP to his family and fans.

  23. 23 janna

    I don’t.. even… what

  24. 24 Joy

    OMG! why? this is so sad.

  25. 25 ockoala

    shit i don’t want to hear how he died, just….may he be at peace if this is what he wanted and his friends and family find comfort with each other….

    just, FUCK, this is so fucking wrong! sorry guys but $*^%*W^D^W*&E^@#*(P

  26. 26 kaedejun

    i really don’t get it – was he depressed? did something happen?! to think – everything seems to be going so well for him right now!! i dont’ get it!!! and rarely do we hear of actor suicides – it’s more often that an actress suicides, and they would be younger than him too… i don’t get it – i really don’t

    i almost wish it were a prank – it would be cruel – but i really wish this were not true

  27. 27 kerik

    this felt untrue, i so much hope it’s a dream

  28. 28 chasen8888

    I am still in shock mode right now. I cannot believe this. Anyway RIP Park. But I have a question – why is suicide so prevalent in Korea? It amazes and saddens me, when watching the dramas they make it part of the norm and that its okay to do. They need to show that “IT’S NOT OKAY!!”, they need to show solutions to these problems in the dramas so someone can know what to do when tempted with these thoughts. Where can they get help. Something must be done in Korea to rectify this serious serious problem. I don’t know Park at all but I keep thinking if there is a problem there must be someone to talk to, to help him – is there no one out there?. Stranger, family, friend even foe. Are all these persons who has taken such drastic steps with their lives, that much alone? It is sad that Korea is losing so much talent – potential & otherwise this way and I am not referring only to actors. Right now I feel sorry for this country with a huge problem like this. Its way overdue for the country to take action on this area – in schools and everywhere.

  29. 29 Orion

    Seriously, what the hell is up with Korean entertainment? Suicides, traffic accidents. What the hell do they do to their actors for so many of them to be so depressed or careless and die so young?

    I don’t know what this young man, may his soul rest in peace, died of, but I hate seeing news after news about young people leaving this world so early.

    And that poor family. No parent should have to be around for the death of their child. This is very sad indeed. My heart goes out to those people.

  30. 30 soni

    O shit WHAT????

  31. 31 Basuha

    This is just crazy! what the freak is going on? This don’t make any sense, it just don’t feel right! WHY?WHY?WHY? This is not GOD doing but the work of the devil!!! OMG OMG blessig go out too family and friends!!!!!

  32. 32 gallivanter

    This so sad. Best wishes to his family. It’ll be a sad day in Korea :(

  33. 33 zuppista

    seriously?????

    why?

    why?

    why?

    huhuhuhuhu……

  34. 34 splgt001

    WHAT??!!!! OMG. That is terrible……

  35. 35 lavy

    Hold on… What?!?!

  36. 36 ktwngrl

    You took the words right out of my mouth Javabeans… i am in utter shock as well… i feel like i wanna cry right now… i was so awesome in Story of a Man (Man’s Story) and i was soooo looking forward to him in Love Song… According to an article on msn.co.kr, he was discovered by his mother… hanging in his room..

    http://news.msn.co.kr/article/read.html?cate_code=5100&article_id=201006300739158004&pos=entertainment1

    So tragic… why???

  37. 37 nileey

    that’s so shocking!!!

  38. 38 anna

    I couldn’t believe this at all. I still can’t! He got so much going for him and at such a young age. This isn’t fair :(

    RIP.

  39. 39 nabi

    my heart aches for him.. all I heard about him was that he’s such a gentle and sweet guy. He was a great actor too.. I really liked him in On Air and Story of a Man.. He’s said before that he used to suffer from depression but….. this??
    this is just so depressing. what a loss.

  40. 40 ktwngrl

    oop! i meant to say, HE was so awesome in Story of a Man…

  41. 41 Nana

    we will all know why when we stand right before God on the day of judgment .. each person will be questioned and the evil deeds will be punished and right deeds will be rewarded .. we just have to wait until then .. may god spread his mercy upon us and forgive our evil sins and grant us his mercy and forgiveness .. amen

  42. 42 bluebunny

    that’s so sad…

  43. 43 OOOOOMG

    Gawd. In total shock, I don’t even know what to think.

    Why? Why do they always see suicide as the only answer?

    I’m as pissed off as I am sad.

    May you RIP.

  44. 44 Taohua

    I don’t know what to say….I just can’t even process this… This totally feels unreal. I really can’t believe this…

  45. 45 dunlop

    My prayers are with the rest of PYH’s family, especially his mother. Can you imagine loosing a son while on the brink of loosing your husband? I hope there will be many people to support her through this.

  46. 46 splgt001

    why oh why…… I really wish this were not true. When I read his name on the top I though you (JB) were updating about his new drama role with YEH…… so sad… my prayers with his family. RIP.

  47. 47 nycgrl

    serious wtf!! I’m in all shock. He is too fucking young.

  48. 48 zanessa

    word cannot express hoe sorry I feel right now
    such a wonderful man
    i will keep his family in my prayers and hid father specially now in his delicate state
    wow I’m still so shocked !

  49. 49 pixie

    this is so unreal :( RIP Park Yong Ha.

  50. 50 ama

    OMG! this is unbelievable. I love him in On Air and story of a man. I was looking forward to seeing more of his work. I can’t believe he’s dead. He was so talented. I’m so sad. someone tell me it’s not true.

  51. 51 lambayyx

    omgosh, this was totally unexpected.
    i totally thought this was a joke relating to his role in Love Song.
    i’ve no idea what to say right now .. i don’t understand why he would commit suicide when he just signed onto a role.

  52. 52 endodo4ever

    OMFG. This is AWFUL NEWS!!!

  53. 53 Shini

    I agree with chasen8888

    I just finished watching Wish Upon a Star…and again, someone commits suicide in a drama….as a way out, as the most ‘noble’ way to die, to make everything right again..it’s crazy!! This needs to change…people get so easily influenced by media, but the drama writers dont seem to get this…

  54. 54 janet

    omg!? what happened?! well, whatever happened i hope he was at peace in his last moments. i’m fairly new at kdramas, and he really resonated to me.

  55. 55 charlie

    oh my god. no way. i don’t understand, this feels so unreal. i was looking forward to watching his latest drama with YEH and now… it’s not going to happen.

  56. 56 Elly

    Sang Hyuk -a.. I’m crying.. I can’t take this.. How could you do this huh? I shall miss this bubbly sweet Sang Hyuk for ever. May he rest in peace.

  57. 57 Annichoi

    I’m still totally shock with these news…..
    Rest in Peace….na ka Yong Ha

  58. 58 alyssia

    OMG when i first saw this ..i hoped it was a false report. I love him so much. He’s such a great actor. He had such a good career too. Depression can really do alot to a person. OMG this is so sad

  59. 59 saranga

    i just saw this on the news, and came over to this site… i literally gasped. i saw him first in 보고 또 보고 as kim ji soo’s younger brother, and most recently in on air and a man’s story, both dramas which i loved. such a shock

  60. 60 otk

    ……

    ……….
    ………….

    Speechless…..what can I say….sometimes I really wonder if I should say I’m sorry or not…I mean seriously….SUICIDE? Is it really something you can think of…. I think Korea should teach young kids what to do with depression when they grow up!

    I know there’s a lot of people who can’t look up to those who commit suicide, and sometimes I can’t either….but the shock just makes everything wearoff…

    RIP PYH, you were a great actor, who had so much to offer -but you gave yourself to little time.

  61. 61 samlun

    It’s so hard for me to believe. He had been in a lot of pain. Please rest in peace.

  62. 62 Kay

    Huh?
    ……..
    So this is FOR REAL???
    I thought it was a joke or just a rumor related to the next drama!!!!
    Like,
    How?

    Man, I cant believe it!!!!
    He seems to have a good and fortunate life,
    But….
    Oh, well!!!
    RIP, PYH!!!

    PSY is pretty close to him too. I wonder how she reacts with this news
    Poor guy!!!

  63. 63 selina

    OMG. OMG.

    I am shocked and in tears. I loved him in Story of Man.

    He’s so young and talented and…OMG I really can’t believe it.

    May god bless his soul. May his family, friends, and anyone who knew or cared about him get through this and know that he is now free and in a better place, and is now a guardian angel that watches over them all.

  64. 64 Ajmystro

    My God!

    This is just crazy! what’s going on??!! this is sad and getting disturbing!

    Park Yong Ha, why?

    mehn…i’m getting scared now….

  65. 65 POPCORN

    My jaw literally dropped. I can’t seem to believe it. I refuse to, actually.

    huhuhu How can this happen? This is so …. saddening….TT__TT

    RIP

    I shall never be able to see you appear onscreen again….hic

  66. 66 yuu

    awful news to wake up to. :'(

  67. 67 Ritz

    it hurts my heart so much to hear this news. why oh why.? i was so looking forward to watch his new project with EYH. may God bless his soul. RIP park yong ha. i love you man.

  68. 68 maria

    I’m in shock!
    He is so young, so talent, he was doing fine on his acting and singing career not only in korea but also in Japan and the last time I saw an interview with him he looked happy.
    I’m a big fan of him, just today I was listening to one of his songs and thinking about his new drama project…
    Park Yong Ha Rest In Peace…
    I hope you know that you have many fans out there that are praying for your happiness whatever place you are now.

  69. 69 Orion

    Oh my God, that poor woman. I pray that she has friends and family that will be there for her. There’s nothing anyone can say or do for her, but I honestly hope the woman can cope with it.

    I hope his fans will take the time to send a few kind words to her cause the woman will really need those in the days and months to come.

  70. 70 inwoo

    Wait!!!!!

    Is this for real????? Isn’t this a SICK JOKE OR SOMETHING??????

    guys read the story properly first….

    he was found dead in the morning of june 30.. right? right? right?

    but how come this article is dated june 29???? and you guys started to post on the same day as well.

    i haven’t search in any other website yet to know if this was real but guys if this was just a sick joke…. it’s not funny! and i mean it!!!! IT’S NOT FUNNY!!!!!

  71. 71 immakiddo!

    This is very disturbing news.

    I think he couldn’t stand seeing his father in so much pain & decided to take his own life before seeing his father go.
    I nearly cried when I read that he massaged his father’s legs. So touching. D: you rarely see such sincere celebrities these days.

    & boy am I having a fit over the producers’ reactions. A precious life has been lost and all they care about is finding a person to replace him? I’m utterly disgusted.

    It’s such a shame that it had to end so tragically. I wish he had a happier ending :(

  72. 72 Kat

    This is crushing.

  73. 73 imogene_af

    Rest in Peace, I really thought he was amazing in Story of a Man and On-Air. :( Gone too soon.

  74. 74 lenrasoon

    seriously i’m trembling.
    i just wrote on livejournal about the dream i had this night about suicide and i got the awful feeling about it all day.

    i just can’t believe it’s him, i’m really shocked. I love PYH so much. *my comment doesn’t make sense*

    RIP

  75. 75 ockoala

    it’s June 30th in Korea already, dramabeans is on West Coast United States date and time, which is currently afternoon on June 29th.

    does having your heart jerked feel like this? I’m crying for his poor sick father and elderly mother, and everyone who cares about him.

  76. 76 chula

    this is so heartbreaking. my heart goes out to his family, esp. his parents – his poor mom :(

  77. 77 Kay

    @70 (inwoo) – It’s already June 30th in Korea; time difference.

    This is such saddening news, may his family and friends receive the support they need and may his soul rest in peace.

  78. 78 CG

    R.I.P. I can’t believe this, I was going to watch Story of a Man recently. Huge shocker, I hope his Dad’s okay. This is just really, really terrible news.

  79. 79 cingdoc

    I’m sorry to hear about this….I have yet to have the pleasure to see any of his drama,but it’s still sad to hear his passing. My deepest condolences to the Park family….

  80. 80 CW

    OMG! What da hell?

  81. 81 reluctantbutaddicted

    Tragic, shocking, distressing news. His poor mother.

  82. 82 YOOOchi

    the day is one day earlier. so thats y its a day ahead.

    such devastating news :(

    RIP park yong ha.

    i am glad to have seen u perform even tho i was far away before ur departing.

    we love u!

  83. 83 Rose

    Oh shit!! Omg, i had to read the title twice to make sure i was reading the right thing.
    I never expected him to be sufferring from depression.
    I dont know how to respond to this news. I’ll
    be right back.

  84. 84 xyz

    OMG OMG ! ! ! He seemed to be the outgoing one comparing to SJS…..

    OMG! WHY?!!! How could his family and friends take this sad sad news!

  85. 85 Brit

    I’m in utter shock.

    R.I.P. Park Yong-ha. My thoughts are with his family.

    :(

  86. 86 Dude

    wtf….I wasn’t expecting to see this

  87. 87 christina

    Oh my god. This makes me SO sad. He was wonderful…he will be greatly missed.

  88. 88 Sara

    OMG… am so shocked….tears :(

  89. 89 pinklover

    this is a very depressing and shocking news! I had to make sure that I did not read your post wrong. I was totally looking forward to his new project with YEH just a few days ago and now this sad news! What is happening in Korea. There should be increased awareness in Korea of the signs and symptoms of depression so that friends and families will know how to deal with their depressed loved ones.

    My deepest condolonces to the Park Family and his dear friends! May he rest in peace!

  90. 90 loveydovey

    oh my god, that came out of NOWHERE. I was really fond of this actor and since i remember him mostly as the pitiful chracter in story of man, it makes me more sad becuse that’s the only drma i’ve seen him in and i won’t get to see him in a happier role. wow. i can’t get over it my mouth dropped so low when read that news.

  91. 91 jons

    Omg! I saw this on allkpop and almost started crying. This is so unexpected. I’ve been watching him since winter sonata and I was 10 at the time? This is heatbreaking. I feel so bad for people with depression. My best wishes go out to his family and friends. And love song will def hit a hault-but I’m not really concerned about that right now. That’s really sad ;(

  92. 92 kls

    I am in complete shock too! I thought this was going to be one of those “gotcha” headlines, but it’s true? Oh man. I hope his family and friends are doing ok…how terrible for his mother who has to deal with losing a son and soon losing her husband, my heart goes out to her.

  93. 93 Snikki

    Nooo!!!! :-( This is deeply saddening……

  94. 94 djes

    RIP, Park Yong Ha…
    Never imagined he would end up like this, he’s so talented and had a bright future..

    Poor the parents, they must be in great shock.

    Oh I still can’t believe why he did that…he’s still young…I just can’t believe it.
    You’d never seen this coming.

    RIP.

  95. 95 lalala

    i’m in complete SHOCK. On Air is one of my favourite dramas, i’m now rewatching it for the 3rd time …he’s so popular in Japan and has so many fans

  96. 96 kimchiRadish

    RIP Park Yong-ha. You were wonderful and will be greatly missed. Although I haven’t seen any of your dramas, I can tell you were a great man. I pray that you will be happy and free in heaven.

    Hope this won’t start a chain reaction of suicides like Choi Jin-shil. Park Shi-yeon, hwaigting!

  97. 97 dannaluk

    dont even know what to say……this is so bad….cnt believe i ws so xcited to see him and YEH together in a drama just 2 days ago…bt that doesnt even matter right now…i cnt believe it…… im actually crying right now…this is just horrible horrible horrible!….i promised myself i wont say this out loud anywhere because thats not what matters when you hear something like this for the first time….bt why the hell does this keep happening to so may korean celebs…so many of my favourite actors!?!…..i just dont get it…I shall miss you PYH!!…May you soul rest in peace and also my deepest condolences to your family….my prayers shall be with you and them

  98. 98 belleza

    “Park Shi-yeon spoke with Park on the phone yesterday, but thought he sounded normal.”

    That would make Park Shi-yeon a survivor of suicide. :(

  99. 99 Bubbles

    RIP…
    I was sooo looking forward to Park Yong Ha’s future work. I really enjoyed his performances in Story of A Man and On Air. I just finished watching Story of A Man early this morning. Such a coincidence that the same day I finished his drama, he died. I thought he seemed outgoing and fun from watching the bts and interviews. This is such a shock. He will surely be missed.

  100. 100 Jill4675

    Biggest shock I’ve had in a while (Kdrama news or otherwise)…Only 32 years old! What a horrible event…sorry for him, sorry for his family…and sorry for all the fans who’ll miss him a lot. He really impressed me in Story of a Man, one of the best dramas I’ve seen… I can well imagine that PSY is distraught. Feel for her. And no one saw this coming? Doesn’t anyone in their surrounding entourages pay attention to these stars and how they might be feeling? (Producers in panic mode??? That’s how much they care… )

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