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    ‘Parasite’ actor Lee Sun-kyun found dead under mysterious circumstances

    Seoul, South Korea – The actor Lee Sun-kyun, known for his role in the movie “Parasite“, died at his home on December 27, 2023. He was 48 years old. The police confirmed that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning but did not rule out the possibility of foul play.

    Lee’s death shocked the public. He was involved in a high-profile drug investigation. The investigation included allegations of marijuana and psychotropic drug use. It also involved a blackmail case. The following is the timeline of the events that led to his tragic demise:

    • October 19, 2023: The Narcotics Crime Investigation Unit of the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency launched an investigation into Lee and seven other suspects for violating the Narcotics Control Act.
    • October 23, 2023: Lee was formally charged with drug-related offenses and placed under judicial supervision.
    • October 29, 2023: Lee underwent a reagent test during his first summons, which came back negative for drug traces.
    • November 3, 2023: Lee faced a second round of questioning, lasting for three hours, where he denied any drug use.
    • December 24, 2023: Lee was interrogated for 19 hours. He was questioned about a separate blackmail case. The case involved a drug dealer. The drug dealer threatened to expose Lee’s alleged drug use.

    Lee’s agency, HODU&U Entertainment, issued a statement. They expressed their cooperation with the authorities and their condolences to Lee’s family and fans. Lee’s lawyer, Kim Yong-soo, said that Lee was innocent of any drug use and that he was a victim of blackmail and deception. He claimed that Lee was tricked into taking drugs by a hostess bar director who told him they were sleeping pills. He also said that Lee had filed a complaint against the drug dealer who extorted him for ₩300 million KRW (approximately $222,000 USD).

    Lee, who appeared in court on December 24, apologized to the public for causing trouble and said he would cooperate with the investigation. He maintained a calm demeanor throughout the ordeal, but sources close to him said he was under tremendous stress and pressure.

    Lee Sun-kyun was one of the most respected and popular actors in South Korea, with a career spanning over two decades. He acted in so many films and TV shows, including “Parasite”, which won four Academy Awards in 2020, including Best Picture. He was also known for his philanthropic activities and his support for various social causes.

    Lee’s death sparked a debate. The debate is about the harsh realities and challenges faced by celebrities in the entertainment industry. The discussion focuses on drug use and mental health. Many fans and fellow actors express grief and sorrow over his passing. They are also calling for a thorough and fair investigation into the circumstances of his death.

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