Korean actress Woo Seung-yeon found dead in apparent suicide


A young South Korean actress who played a supporting role in several films has been found hanged in her home in southern Seoul, police said Tuesday.

According to investigators, the body of Woo Seung-yeon was discovered by her live-in friend in what appears to be a suicide. Her family and friends told the authorities that she has been under severe stress after recently failing to pass auditions for new roles.

The 26-year-old actress left an alleged suicide note, saying “I love my family. I’m so sorry to leave early.”

Woo, who started off as a model, appeared in the movie Herb and the mobile sitcom Yap. Her most recent role was in the film Private Eye, which was released earlier this month.

Celebrity suicides are on the rise in South Korea, which witnessed suicides of top movie actress Choi Jin-sil, young TV actress Jang Ja-yeon and actor Ahn Jae-hwan over the past year.

[Via The Korea Times]