Kim Ji-hoo: Profile and Facts
|Born||5 April 1985
Seoul, South Korea
|Died||06 October, 2008
Jamsil, Seoul, South Korea
Kim Ji hoo was an openly gay South Korean actor and model. Kim made his debut as a fashion model in 2007. Regarded as “one to watch”, he later appeared as a guest on the MBC drama series “Before and After Plastic Surgery”, and on family sitcom “The Unstoppable High Kick”. On April 21, 2008, he came out as a gay man on the tvN reality show “Coming Out”, a series which profiles the lives of LGBT Koreans. Shortly after the episode aired, Kim’s personal webpage was inundated with messages denouncing his sexuality. Several fashion shows and television programs cancelled his appearances, while his management company declined to renew his contract.
Kim Ji-hoo was 23 at that time, and hanged himself in his home, the fourth suicide by an entertainer in just one month. Songpa Police Station confirmed that the 23-year-old hung himself at his home in Jamsil, southern Seoul, Monday. Kim Ji-hoo’s death is the latest in a series of suicides. Transsexual entertainer Jang Chae-won hung herself in the bathroom of her home on Friday, following the deaths of actor Ahn Jae-hwan and actress Choi Jin-sil.
“Given the note and testimony from his family members, we believe he apparently committed suicide,” a police officer said. Police said his suicide reflects public prejudice toward gay people and their difficulty at succeeding in the entertainment industry.
Apparently Kim Ji-hoo hanged himself in his room. While there was a recent header on his mini-hompy that said “In a little while, I’ll come to you in my next project!!” there were also postings that he put up on his message board on October 3 that displayed a downturn.
A suicide note found at the scene read: “I’m lonely and in a difficult situation. Please cremate my body.” Kim’s mother said that he “underwent many professional and personal difficulties following his coming-out”. Days before taking his life, Kim wrote on his web site: “Life is like the wind. What’s there to agonise over? Meetings are happy, partings are sad, everything is just a moment.”
Hong Seok-chun, Kim Ji-hoo’s aide who is also homosexual, said that Kim Ji-hoo suffered from lots discrimination against him. Just like what he suffered before.
List of Kim Ji-Hoo’s Dramas
|Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic|
|Unstoppable High Kick|