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S. Korean Actress Found Hanged

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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2008

ZHANG:
A big blow to South Korea's entertainment industry. One of the country's most popular actors has apparently committed suicide. Choi Jin-sil had starred in numerous TV dramas and movies, earning the nickname "The Nation's Actress".

STORY:
Police seal off a luxury block of flats in Seoul after the body of one of South Korea's most popular actresses was found inside one of the apartments. Police say Choi Jin-sil hanged herself.

[Yang Jae-ho, Investigation Officer]:
"Choi Jin-sil was found dead with an elastic band around her neck tied to a shower stall in her bathroom."

The 39-year-old had starred in numerous tv dramas and South Korean films but she was little known outside the country.

She'd apparently been taking medication for depression and was upset about defamatory messages on the internet about her and her children. Her distraught family, friends and ex-husband were shocked by the news. She'd filmed a comical the day before she died and was due to star in a new drama.

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world. And the health ministry says rates often rise after celebrity suicides.

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