SEOUL — South Korean actor and singer Park Yong Ha, who appeared in the South Korean television soap opera “Winter Sonata” that was a huge hit in Japan and other parts of Asia, was found dead by his mother Wednesday morning at his home in Seoul in what appeared to be a suicide, police said.
His death at his home in Nonhyun-dong, southern Seoul, came days after he held a concert in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture last Saturday.
In the concert tour of Japan that started on June 19 and was to last until September, he was scheduled to perform at another concert in Kobe on Friday, said Pony Canyon Inc., a Japanese record company to which Park was contracted.
Yonhap News Agency quoted his family and acquaintances as saying Park had been taking care of his father, who has terminal stomach cancer, at his home, and had been severely distressed by his father’s disease. He had been taking sleeping pills due to insomnia, it added.
Yonhap also reported Park as saying “I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” after massaging his father in the early hours of Wednesday.
Park, who debuted in 1994, became very popular across Asia, including Japan, after the 2002 drama series became a big hit in the region. In the TV series, Park played the rival of a main character portrayed by fellow South Korean actor, Bae Yong Joon.
Park, who was also a popular singer, released several albums and held concerts in Japan. — AP