Oscar-winning Parasite Actor Lee Sun-kyun Found Dead In Seoul

Parasite actor Lee Sun-kyun's tragic death in Seoul, know how and when.

Published On Dec 27, 2023 | Updated On Mar 04, 2024


It’s a heavy day for Korean entertainment lovers, indeed! The Oscar-winning film Parasite (2019) actor Lee Sun-kyun was found dead in a car in central Seoul park. In the film, he portrayed the Park family's affluent patriarch.

As per several Korean news agencies investigation authorities were searching for the 48-years old actor after his family reported that he had left his residence earlier on Wednesday — leaving behind a note which somewhat appears like a suicide note. Further, in the passenger seat of the car where Lee was found dead, a charcoal briquette was discovered by the officers.

Cops are still working to find what lead to Lee Sun-Kyun’s death, if it was really a suicide, murder or natural death.


Actor Lee Sun-kyun, who was born in 1975, was well-known in Korean cinema. In 2001, following his graduation from Korea National University of Arts, he made his acting debut in the sitcom Lovers on television.

For decades prior to his international popularity as Parasite, Lee was a well-known presence on Korean screens. His role in the popular drama series Coffee Prince (2007) helped him become well-known, and he went on to become popular with the medical drama Behind the White Tower, Pasta (2010), and My Mister (2018).

As part of an inquiry into suspected drug use, Lee has reportedly been questioned three times since October, according to Incheon police. The last time Lee had been called in by the police was on December 23. He was detained for 19 hours and then freed the next day.

Without mentioning the number of tests Lee had done, Incheon police stated that all of his drug tests had tested negative during the course of the inquiry.

According to authorities, Lee had stated that the same person had blackmailed him after tricking him into using narcotics. According to police, Lee filed a lawsuit against the purported blackmailer. They also mentioned that prior to filing the complaint, they had acquired information concerning his alleged drug use.

One male and one woman have been taken into custody in connection with the narcotics probe. He had asked police, via his attorneys, to administer a polygraph test of himself and the two other individuals they had detained on December 26, according to police.

Photo: Lee Sun-Kyun/ IMDb