Oscar-winning South Korean film ‘Parasite’ actor Lee Sun-kyun was found unconscious in a car parked in an un-known location in Seoul, later pronounced dead by the police.
Renowned actor Lee Sun-kyun, 48, of South Korea, who won an Oscar for his performance in the movie Parasite, was found dead amid drug abuse allegations.
Police found an unconscious Lee at an unidentified Seoul location on Wednesday but gave no further details, the officer said. South Korean media including Yonhap news agency reported that Lee was found dead in a car at a Seoul park.
It’s unknown if he committed suicide. Since October, Lee’s use of illegal drugs has been the subject of an investigation. He had stated that narcotics had been conned out of him.
In the film Parasite, Lee played the father of the wealthy Park family, which was later compromised by members of a poor family who pretended to be strangers. The movie won four Oscars in 2020, including Best Picture, making history as the first non-English picture to take home the trophy.
Police had questioned Lee three times about illegal drugs, including for 19 hours over the weekend. According to Yonhap, the actor said that a bar hostess had deceived him into taking narcotics and that she had subsequently attempted to blackmail him.
Reports state the actor was ignorant that he was using illegal narcotics. In response to the nightclub manager’s statement, Lee remarked, “I inhaled using a straw through my nose but thought it was a sleeping pill.” “I had no idea it was a drug.”
The investigation also determined that the manager had provided precise dates and locations for five drug-related incidents.