South Korean star of Oscar-winning Parasite Lee Sun-kyun dead at 48 amid drug allegations


Lee Sun-kyun, a South Korean actor in the Oscar-winning film Parasite, has been found dead.

Lee had been under investigation over illegal drug use allegations amid an ongoing government crackdown on illegal drugs.

Lee was found unconscious inside a car at a park in Seoul on Wednesday morning.

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His wife had reported to police that Lee had left home and she had found what appeared to be a suicide note, Yonhap news agency reported, citing police.

South Korea has tough drug laws and drug crimes are typically punishable by at least six months in prison or up to 14 years for repeat offenders and dealers.

Born in 1975, Lee starred as a rich family’s father in Parasite, and also played leading roles in other South Korean movies including the 2012 thriller Helpless and 2014’s All About My Wife, among others.

Lee had the lead role in Apple TV+’s first Korean-language original series, which rolled out in 2021.

Lee Sun-Kyun, best known for Oscar winning film Parasite, has died. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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