Choi Jin-Youngs’ Career and Death

Choi-Jin Youngs’ Career and Milestones

Choi made his debut as a television commercial model in 1987 and began his acting career three years later. He rose to stardom in 1993 with the popular TV show Our Paradise, and his resemblance to his elder sister, popular actress Choi Jin-sil gave him a head start in his career, while his young image helped him gain recognition in various TV dramas, commercials and even films.

Choi’s acting career floundered but in 1999, after completing military service, he returned to the stage as a singer using the stage name SKY. His first album “Final Fantasy” was a success with the popular single Forever topping the music charts. He released his third and last album in 2004. In 2007, he returned to acting with a supporting role in the series “It’s OK, Because I Love You”, but failed to catch much attention.

Television series

  • 92 고래사냥 (KBS2, 1992)
  • Our Paradise 2 (MBC, 1993)
  • Landscaping with My Wife (KBS2, 1996)
  • 도시남녀 (SBS, 1996)
  • Power of Love (MBC, 1996)
  • 방울이 (MBC, 1997)
  • It’s OK Because I Love You (KBS2, 2007)


  • Well, Let’s Look at the Sky Sometimes (1990)
  • You Know What? It’s a Secret 2 (1991)
  • Does the American Moon Rise Over Itaewon? (1991)
  • Beyond the Mountain (1991)
  • Teenage Love Song (1991)
  • I Want to Live Just Until 20 Years Old (1992)
  • 멀고 먼 해후 (1995)
  • Final Blow (1996)
  • 젊음의 문을 열고 (1996)


  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009)


Album information Track listing
Final Fantasy

  • 1st Album
  • Released: November 17, 1999
  • Label: Doremi Media / KT Music
Track listing
영원 II

  • 2nd Album
  • Released: November 12, 2001
  • Label: Wawa Entertainment
Track listing
Sky the 3rd

  • 3rd Album
  • Released: September 23, 2004
  • Label: Korean Association of Phonogram Producers
Track listing


  • 1991 Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best New Actor (Beyond the Mountain)
  • 1999 SBS Gayo Daejeon: Rock Award
  • 2000 Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best New Male Artist[13]
  • 2000 대한민국 영상음반대상: Best Newcomer
  • 2000 Golden Disk Awards: Best Newcomer

Choi Jin-young’s Mother

On March 29th, the sad news of yet another celebrity suicide spread across Korea like wildfire as Choi Jin-young passed away at the age of 39. On the 31st, Choi Jin-young’s mother arrived at a crematory in Seongnam for her son’s cremation. However, during the emotionally difficult process, she fainted. If you don’t remember, her daughter, Choi Jin-shil also committed suicide two years ago so you can only imagine how emotionally distraught the mother must be.

Choi Jin-young’s mother was moved to a car by her relatives to get some rest. In addition, it was noted that when Choi Jin-young’s mother arrived, she looked rather pale and started crying right away. As soon as the cremation started she screamed her son’s name and said, “Jin Young-ah, what am I supposed to do now that you’ve left me behind, take me with you.”

Choi Jin-young’s Death Accident

On March 29, 2010, Choi hanged himself with an electrical cord in the attic of his apartment in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul. His body was found by his mother and a woman identified as Chung, who was his junior in college. When Choi did not answer the phone, Chung alerted Choi’s mother and the two hurried to his home together. They called the police and a 119 rescue squad around 2:14 p.m. Choi was rushed to Gangnam Severance Hospital for CPR at 2:46 p.m. but was pronounced dead on arrival. Choi’s body was cremated and buried next to his sister at the Kapsan Cemetery in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province.

When Choi Jin-sil committed suicide on October 2, 2008, photos of Choi in tears clutching his sister’s picture shook the nation, and fans wept with him as he led her funeral procession. Acting upon his late sister’s wishes to finish college, he belatedly enrolled in Hanyang University to study acting in 2009, and played Demetrius in a staging of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Suffering from depression after his sister’s death, Choi canceled engagements for more than a year. Friends later said he made several suicide attempts and had his stomach pumped for a drug overdose in 2009. Refusing his mother’s pleas that he sees a doctor, Choi relied instead on non-prescription tranquilizers he bought from a pharmacy. In January 2010 Choi signed with a new agency, MCloud Entertainment and announced plans on March 2nd, 2010 to resume activities in the first half of the year, but his approaching comeback added to his stress and he increasingly felt frustrated that he wasn’t getting cast in any TV series.