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Park Yong-ha discovered dead at home
by | June 29, 2010 | 548 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.


  • 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


548 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


    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


  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. 🙁


  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


    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


  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

    Im speechless.
    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






  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..


    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 🙁


  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.

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