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Choi Jin-shil found dead, indicators point to suicide

The beautiful and talented Choi Jin-shil (age 40, most recently of The Last Scandal of My Life) has been found dead in her home in Seoul.

According to police, her body was discovered at 6:15 am on October 2 and the reasons for her passing are under investigation.

Police said, “We received a report that Ms. Choi had committed suicide and arrived to confirm her death.”

Another officer: “This morning, we received a report from her family that she had hanged herself in the shower stall.”

Choi had recently gone through some rough times supporting her friend Jung Sun-hee, widow of deceased Ahn Jae-hwan, and had battled rumors making the recent rounds that said she supposedly had lent him money, which she roundly denied. But what a shock — following a messy divorce with baseball player Jo Sung-min, her two small children, ages 5 and 7, were under her sole care. Note: this is very new information, so reports are bound to change in the coming days.

OMG. 🙁

Via Joy News

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Oh no. All of these deaths are so unexpected... I can't believe it. :(

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Oh god, I'm in shock.

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I still can't believe it. First, I can't believe she's gone and second, I can't believe it was suicide. Her son and daughter are her whole life. They're the ones that got her through the divorce and everything. She wouldn't take herself away from them.

No words can explain my shock and grief right now.

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Oh my GOD. This is all so awful...Rest in peace, Choi Jin-shil. So much sympathy for her family and friends, especially her kids.

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OMG. This is absolutely terrible news. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Those poor poor children losing their mother so young. I hope they (as well as Jung Sun-hee who is really have a tough period) have people to support them through this time.

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what terrible news!

T_T

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NO WAY. NO WAY. NO WAY.
I'm in total shock.
I really hope it wasn't suicide for the sake of her children and also Jung Sun Hee.
I can't believe this.
OH MY GOD.

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Wow. I am in shock. I cannot believe that she is dead.

There has been so much tragedy among Korean celebrities lately, it's overwhelming..

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Her poor children! This is so sad.

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This is such a terrible news. I'm so sad for her young children. The year 2008 is really not the year for most korean stars.

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shocking. devastating. i can't believe it.

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OH. MY. God
This is too too shocking.

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Aww, hell. I am at a loss for words. Gosh

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Yeah, this is ... just appalling..

My mom is in TOTAL SHOCK right now, half screaming/wiping tears and with her free hand calling her friends to spread the news ...

I do wonder what's going to happen to the children, though..

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I looked at her picture for a long time before I could even read the article. This has been a rough year. A rough couple of months. I really hope and pray that it was not on purpose. If it was... I just don't understand. Even though I know you will, I don't think I can stand to look at or read about another funeral.

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OMG. I'm in total shock

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This has been such a hard year for Korea, and I'm so sad. Condolences to her friends and family. I hope the indicators are wrong...

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Not another K.star suicide! Shocking!

After going thru such messy divorce, her career had began to pick up again, and now she took her life? Wonder what will happen to her kids now?

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this is by far the most shocking entertainment news i have heard. i mean... i've known her for like 20 years and she was the one who withstood all the turmoils in life a person can experience and when she has her dear two children, she commits suicide????? i just cannot believe this news

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My god.

I started my K-love affair in 2003 --- and since then, there's at least one k-celebrity suicide every year! What's up with this?

Is it a cultural thing?

Is there a dearth of psychologists/psychiatrists/counselors in Korea?

Can you imagine if celebrities are committing suicide (these are the ones that are highlighted by the media)... how many unreported suicides are there among the common folk?

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O MY .... I'm still watching Last Scandal of my Life.... Y O Y?!?!?!?!?!

MY gosh, RIP...but still Y?!

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My little sister just came running downstairs to tell me about this a few hours ago (it was on the Korean news that my parents were watching).

Why does it feel like the entire K-Celeb universe is just crumbling? What's going on?

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I don't know what to say... People need to understand that suicide isn't the answer. Life can get hard sometimes but you're only putting people y ou love in pain when you do these things. She still has young children who need her. It's sad to see a women who I found to be so strong and independent do such a thing. I wish her family the best of luck and whatever the problem was, I hope it will be resolved.

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I am shocked to learn of this news. THIS IS REALLY UNEXPECTED. Wouldn't be the biggest celebrity suicide news considering that she can be considered as one of the famous stars in the entertainment industry? This is saddening.

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NO WAY!!! Why did she have to kill herself when all her dramas teaches us to live?!
Rest in peace. :(

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I thought my english is getting rusty. I had to triple check that headline to make sure I wasn't imagining things.

Ignore me.

But I think suicide is the most selfish act as ever. She had 2 kids (5 and 7 years old) !! I hope that is not a suicide.

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Oh dear god. Agreed with JiHwan. It's such a tragic waste and the poor kids! I don't know what else to say... TT

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It's like I'm reading this, and I can't even process it. I can't even begin to understand this. :(

Choi Jin Shil, especially after her comeback, was an inspiration for a lot of women. She was an inspiration to ME.

"But I think suicide is the most selfish act as ever. She had 2 kids (5 and 7 years old) !! I hope that is not a suicide."

The effects of money lending (i.e. destroying families, leading many people to commit suicide) is a big, big problem in Korea. This is a real tragedy.

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horrible news...

Why does this keep happening?!? It's shocking and sad and unfortunate...

I'll praying for her children, I hope they'll be alright. I'm sorry she's gone

They should really start some support group for kstars or something though...because when you have so many suicides like this...something is terribly wrong

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omg, im in shock!!! good lord, what is going on in Korea? T_T One death after another.. These celebs are sending out the wrong msg.... so what, if life get hard, you kill yourself? wtf is wrong with them? i was soooo looking forward to the last scandal of my life 2, but i guess this won't be happening anymore.....

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I've seen her only in that drama with Ahn Jae Wook and Cha In Pyo,but I've read about her struggles -- surviving her marriage with an abusive husband, filing for divorce, starring in a new drama once again and getting an award for it, and then having her children's names added to her own family registry.

I considered her a strong woman and was very happy for her. Reading the title of this blog entry I couldn't believe it was really the Choi Jin Shil I've been cheering for.

Rest in peace, unni. How I wish you had not done it... but you really are the only one who knew how hard it must have been for you.

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WHAT!

This is a shocking piece of news. We have had LEJ of Phoenix, JDB of Attic Cat committing suicide.

I dont want to say that it is a trend but could it be that the suicides indicate something sinister about the Korean Entertainment Industry?

I mean these are big stars. I hope that suicide is ruled out with CJS case.

Sorry if this post offends anyone.

RIP CJS

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That's really sad... I don't even know what to say. And having young children...

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i'm literally shivering with chills and GRIEF-striken. what in the world is happening? she was a big star! an amazing talent, a pillar of korean drama! this is too much to take in one year. i do NOT want to believe it...

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So sad, especially after such a strong comeback in her career.

She was a bit on the thin side for me, but she had her moments in Last Scandal.

When is the korean government going to crack down on the corrupt loan shark business?

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i'm shocked! i never expected this kind of news from her, and i feel sorry for her kids...sad sad news for me.

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shocked.
korea has to recognize this too widespread problem of suicide..

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why korean celebrities dun take their life so seriously???
If they faced and kind hard problems that they can't solve they like to solve it by ending their lives....
what the hell is this..I am deeply sad about her suicide but i am angry as well...
I think korean celebrity has a tendency to follow ppl's trend to commit suicide, that's what i read in the newspaper. So the police are very concern that with celebrity commit suiside it will trigger the public to do the same thing when they encountered so difficuties..OMG..,.

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i'm not really into the entertainment "star struck" kind of thing... but what a shock.
unfortunately, not all bad things can be avoided... but i wonder if there any measures we can take to minimize this type of tragic event.

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OMG what's going on i really liked her acting in the last scandal of my life even though it's sad i really hop there's no foul play involved RI.P Choi Jin- Sil i hope she couldn't find in this life she finds in her next.

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omg..this is so sad..i juz finished watching her drama 'last scandal of my life' not long ago..

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I'm honestly still in shock with this. For a mom of 2 young children to even think of suicide as any shape or form of anything... is very beyond comprehension. Is she suffering fr severe depression? Even considering that as a possibility, is there very inadequate patient care or support in that field?

Coz, frankly, though I don't want to sound cultural insensitive at a time like this. Korean showbiz is the only microcosm in this high a profile with a devastating high suicide rate. It's alarmingly a social issue that is screaming for attention.

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OMG...This can't be happening...
I'm in total shock...what about her children.

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That was really "the last scandal of her life" .... (T_T) ...

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I'm still in shock opening my computer with this news? I was really hoping to see her again in the sequel of The Last Scandal of My Life and now found dead? I hope this is the last, and this is not really good.. : (

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just can't believe...
Wish Upon A Star :(
RIP!

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It's October 2nd in Korea already? What a way to celebrate my b-day... her family must be so devastated. And I liked her as an actor... gah...

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So so sad! How can a young mother of 2 small children feel her only option is to take her own life? My heart goes out to her children.
Life is precious, take it one day at a time. If you feel like giving up, remember tomorrow could be the best day of your life, all you have to do is show up!

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OMG!! So many Korean ppl are dying!! So Sad T.T She was beautiful!!
R.I.P.!!!

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