Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Korean actress Kim Soo Jin commits suicide

A Korean actress who rose to fame in the 1990s was found dead in her home on March 29.

Reports said Kim Soo Jin, 38, hung herself at her home as her body was discovered by her boyfriend who immediately called the attention of the police. Police found a note saying "I'm sorry... It's been hard being depressed."

Kim Soo Jin, who debuted in the Korean entertainment industry in 1994, reportedly struggled with depression. She also tried to make a comeback in the industry.

"She had been drinking heavily and suffering from depression. There had been many difficult times in her life… The movie she had planned to comeback with kept getting delayed, worsening her depression. She had not been able to get any work the past three years," her former manager said.

Kim Soo Jin starred in the 1994 drama "Challenge." She gained popularity for her unique beauty and landed roles in other shows such as SBS' sitcom "Soonpoong Clinic" and "City Men and Women."

South Korea has the highest suicide rate among countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In Korea, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death, totalling to 15,906 in 2011 or 31.7 cases per 100,000 people and 44 deaths per day.

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