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Choi Jin-shil’s brother Choi Jin-young commits suicide

OH NO.

Only a year and a half after his older sister committed suicide, now actor-singer Choi Jin-young has been discovered dead after taking his own life on the morning of March 29.

Choi Jin-young’s body is currently in the funeral hall of a Kangnam hospital in Seoul. A rep from his side said on the afternoon of the 29th, “We heard the sudden sad news from his family. We heard that he has passed away, but we were not told the details. We are stricken with grief.”

Much-beloved actress Choi Jin-shil‘s death rocked the industry when she committed suicide after battling depression in October 2008. Her mental anguish was aggravated by the constant malicious harassment of a netizen who accused Choi of contributing to the suicide of her friend, fellow actor Ahn Jae-hwan, just a month prior. Those two deaths were the first in a series of celebrity suicides that followed (many of those celebrities were said to be battling depression as well).

After her death, an ugly custody battle unfolded between her family (Jin-young and their mother) and her ex-husband, former baseball player (and deadbeat dad and abusive husband) Jo Sung-min, who eventually relinquished his claim after massive public outcry. Her two children were being raised by Jin-young and their grandmother, and Jin-young had taken on a fatherly role to them. He was even planning on making an acting comeback — he announced plans to return to television just earlier this month. He had announced, “I’ve got to earn a living and start acting again for the sake of my niece and nephew. I’ll have to show them in person what kind of work their uncle does.”

Choi Jin-young battled depression of his own, and sank into a prolonged spell following his sister’s death. It is believed that he died by hanging; his mother discovered his body at home and police were called on Monday afternoon. Choi was 39.

Below, he is pictured with his sister’s two children.

Via DongA, Star News, Asia Economy

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RIP

Prayers for their mother (and other relatives), and especially those 2 children.

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I know! THOSE POOR KIDS.

Although, I will say right now that if anyone starts with the "he's a selfish jerk for committing suicide" comments I'll be deleting them. Just don't have the energy to read that kind of stuff. I just don't think anyone who would be in that amount of pain has the capacity to think of the kids or OTHER people's pain, when they can't handle their own.

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O_O!!!!!!!!
omg that's terrible!! What the family must be going through...I feel awful for the two children and the grandmother...both her children committed suicide and now she must take care of her grandchildren on her own....:(! Goodness at her age she should have time to be content...

Oh dear, I just hope that this is the end of sadness for this family...

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oh....my.......god............

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This is just so heartbreaking

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I don't even know what to say...
My prayers go out to those poor children. I can't even imagine what they're going through and how they'll be affected in their lives.

Rest in peace

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Oh My God, this is so sad and unexpected... Why must he take his own life after what has happened to her sister.. Condolences to his family, grandmother and hope those two kids will be strong... RIP... this news is just so sad....

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totally heartbreaking.....

what will happen to the kids? :(

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This is just too shocking.

I'm in shock. I'm in absolute shock.

The poor man. The poor mother. Losing two kids to suicide in a span of 2 years. Poor kids. Poor poor people. T.T

Korean government and media MUST do something! They cannot just sit and watch lives like that go. Depression is no joke, help!

I don't know what to say. This just sucks.

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OMG! i almost choked on my rice and seaweed..
Wow just Wow.. just.so.Shocked..
My heart goes out to the family especially the kids.. :(
I hope everyone stays strong..

Really just.. yeah

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SJAKHFDW&$#*@QUPUISHJK

WHat the hell? Poor kids!!!!!!!

That is just SAD news D;

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this whole family :( i can't imagine what kind of pain these children are going to endure for the next few years. and the mother... blah, this is just so sad all around.

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I definitely feel for those two kids, left without a mother, deadbeat dad, their only real father-figure gone now, too; but man, I feel almost worse for their grandmother. Losing not one but two children to suicide? (Does she have any other kids?) And then having the burden of raising two small children with all the issues their bound to have after the last year and a half? What a heartbreaking time for this family.

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Their poor, poor mother....I can't imagine what it's like for her to have her children die before her...and the mother had to be the one who found his body :( May God give her strength.

I hope the Choi siblings finally find peace.

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This is truely heartbreaking :(
Shall pray for those kids and their Gran T_T

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Rest In Peace Choi Jin-young, but in fact, poor two Choi Jin Sil's kids and their grandmother, finally she already died two times with her daughter and her son. Wish God give her and her grandchildren the strength to overcome this hardest time. It's really shocking everyone who love Korean Drama and Choi Jin Sil's family.

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Oh my.... how sad.

R.I.P Choi Jin-Young and Choi Jin-Shil.

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do they have other relatives the grandmother is not going to be there in the future she 60 - 70 years old not sure i fear for the future of the two kids.

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RIP

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i'm feeling for the whole family.
the siblings had it so hard (damn korean netizens) and now the brunt of the attack will be shoved onto the young kids. they must be forced to grow up so quick. x)
RIP

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This news made me speechless. RIP. I feel for the two kids and the grandma.

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tragic
just when you think things couldn't get worse
wish the mother and kids strength and wisdom

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I really don't know what to say. Speechless.

R.I.P Choi Jin Young... my prayers for CJS's kids and their grandmother.

Sighs.

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RIP.
Poor kids and the mother ( Choi Jin Sil's mother I mean ). Having 2 children committed suicide is worst experience as a mother.
Oh why this is happening? :(

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Oh..No..... GOD... this is crazy...... Poor old mom and 2 little kids...

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Goddamn.

I feel so sorry for those two kids, and this is just... ugh. I remember watching him with Lee Hyun Ji on that WGM Chuseok special. UGH.

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who's going to take care of the kids now? Cant imagine the pains that the mom has to go through, wasnt she the one who found CJS's body too?

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Annyeong,

Its so sad. Condolences to the family...

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So sad.

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Oh my...shocked. Poor kids.poor grandma. Suicide...is no joke & a strict no no. I hope God will show mercy towards the 2 siblings for choosing to take their own lives; I hope they are given mercy to rest in peace w/ Him, that their goodness in earth are enough to outbalance the sin of ending one's own life.I feel bad for the people who has to endure great tragedies and difficulties b/c they must overcome them & that's a big struggle, as we are mere humans. This makes me very sad.once again I do hope they do find rest & also strength to the ones who were left behind & still living.the living still has a chance,great or small.I don't know who to mourn more for in this one, the living or the dead.

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RIP :-(

This is so sad. My heart goes out to the kids and their grandmother.

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Sigh... My prayers are with the one who left this world and the ones left behind.

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Oh, those poor children! And his mother...losing two children like that...

Do you know if getting therapy or treatment is frowned up in Korea? Is depression recognized as a disease/affliction that needs to be treated? WITHOUT judgement??

I hope the children's father doesn't try to get custody again.

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TThe netizens involved in these deaths should do a double take on themselves.they have time to change before its too late. I may be sounding like a preacher *i don't mean to, my feelings about this just came out like this*, but I really fear for people, including myself.this reminds me to be more mindful of my actions, in anything whether great or small.I humble myself right now b/c I'm as flawed as these netizens b/c I am not perfectly good always.even so, it shocks me how these netizens involved can swallow the effects of their actions.rest in peace to the ones gone, and I hope the kids and grandma will find light.

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Depression is a silent killer. People can't always tell unless the person him/herself reaches out for help. Nothing is worse than feeling that you have no will left to live. This is very sad. I can't imagine how the poor children will be able to go through this very hard time. I pray hard that time will heal the wounds eventually. Hopefully this will be the last tragedy in the family. RIP CJY and my condolences to the ones left behind.

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OMG... RIP... Really heartbreaking news... my thoughts are with Choi sibling's mom and the 2 kids...

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Having lost a loved one to suicide, I always get so angry when people have the nerve to criticize/bad talk the deceased.
“What a cheap escape!”
“Weakling!”
“So inconsiderate of his family!”

Are you kidding me? Do you have any idea how greatly a person must suffer for them to resort to taking their own life? Suicide isn’t something trivial: it’s the most drastic measure a person can take in order to end whatever suffering they’re going through. Imagine how horrible life must be for you to want to end it. When a person sinks into such a deep state of depression that robs them of any joy in life they are unable to think about anything else. They’ve really come to the end of the road and cannot turn back.

Having suffered from mild depression myself, I can tell you that it is the most damning feeling. The thought of killing oneself does come to mind often, intentional or not. It’s like a disease that feels incurable. I managed to pull through, but I can easily imagine how people who experience serious and prolongued depression succumb to it.

Choi Jin Young, you must have been through a lot of pain and grief to bring it all to an end. Hopefully now you’re with your sister. RIP, the both of you <3

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oh dear... why???
RIP. I cant understand your intention but i hope you find peace where you are now...

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this is incredibly sad for the choi family and their friends. the poor kids, i can't imagine what they must be going through - first losing their mother and now their uncle. really hope there will be someone out there who can help the family through in these difficult times.

rip, choi jin young.

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RIP.
I feel so saddened for the kids and their grandmother. It must be the hardest thing for them to cope with such grave losses.
I don't know what else to say, this is heartbreaking

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Oh man...this brings back all the sadness of 2008 again. This is such a big loss, to the children..the entire family. I'm especially worried about the two children, both now and the future--what a heavy burden to have to overcome!

My sincerest condolences are being sent to the family and friends over there.

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I just read about this in the news. RIP Choi Jinyoung.

I will pray for Choi Jinshil's two children and their grandmother.

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All I can think about is his poor mother. To lose both her children within 2 years both by suicide is something unbearable. I feel really bad for these kids to be in such an unstable situation. Experiencing death like this at their young age is a trauma no kid should bear. My heart just goes out to them and to their grandmother.

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Let's hope there won't be anymore similar news in 2010. My prayers go out to his loved ones, and to the mom and her 2 precious kids.

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I'm in shocked. I don't know what to say or what to feel, speechless. R.I.P Choi Jin-young, hope you're with your sister now.
My prayers are with the two kids and their Grandmom.

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HOLY SHIT. the person I feel the most for, is his mother. Honestly, she found BOTH her children dead, one after another- from committing suicide. How much pain would she have in her heart, knowing that she raised these two children to let them both kill themselves from depression eventually? :((

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oh my GOD!!!
why did it happen that way????
the two siblings committed suicide and what will happen now to the two children????
i just only want to say R.I.P Choi Jin Young......
we hope that you are now already at peace.....
i hope that the two children will be at a good condition.........
this is so tragic!!!!!!
their family is very close in depression.........
hope this will be stopped already!!!!!!!

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What a terrible news. I hope he rests in peace. Can't imagine how the mother is doing. She's lost 2 children in such a short time.

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His poor mom! Those poor kids. This is heartbreaking.

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oh dear...poor kids and poor mom
i really dunno what else to say...
i hope they get through this together and be stronger than ever~~

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