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Lee Sun-kyun, Renowned for His Role in “Parasite”, Passes Away at the Age of 48

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The world of entertainment is grieving the loss of Lee Sun-kyun. The famed South Korean actor, best known for portraying the affluent patriarch Park Dong-ik in the Academy Award-winning movie “Parasite,” was found dead in his car, as confirmed by South Korean authorities.

In a tragic turn of events, the 48-year-old actor was discovered lifeless in a park with a charcoal briquette in the passenger seat of his vehicle. Reports indicate that Lee’s wife had alerted authorities after he departed from their residence, leaving behind what seemed to be a farewell note.

Prior to his demise, Lee was implicated in a probe concerning alleged drug consumption and possession of cannabis at a bar in Seoul. Despite refuting intentional drug use and asserting that a female employee had covertly supplied him with the substances, Lee endured 19 hours of interrogation on Sunday regarding these accusations.

Lee Sun-kyun received global acclaim for his part in “Parasite,” which earned him a Screen Actors Guild accolade. Nevertheless, he had already established a solid reputation in South Korea’s entertainment sector, with a tenure of more than ten years, including a prominent role in the 2007 series “Coffee Prince.”

The news of Lee’s passing emerges amidst intensified crackdowns on drug-related transgressions in South Korea. The government has recently bolstered its efforts to combat drug trafficking and trading, enforcing stringent regulations that could lead to substantial incarceration for transgressors.

In recent times, South Korea’s entertainment field has witnessed various high-profile drug controversies involving personalities, underscoring the nation’s rigid stance on drug use and its attendant legal implications.

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