Park Yong-ha’s Death
2010 was the saddest year for Park Yong-ha’s family and fans. He was found dead in his own room by his mother. It was later found out that he had been suffering from depression for quite some time, caused by failing to run his own business — an entertainment company. He also had parted ways with his former manager and his father was battling cancer.
Park had split with his manager, who became the head of an entertainment agency a year before taking his own life, and he would often talk about his disappointment in relationships with people when he started managing his own affairs. He appeared to have suffered the added pressure as well, when he found out that his father had cancer, several of his acquaintances have said.
Police said Park had hung himself on his bedpost with an electrical wire. His mother, who found the body, called emergency services immediately, but it was too late. Police said suicide was the most probable cause since there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle. Park left no will or suicide note to give a clue to the motive.
Two or three days before his death, Park apparently told friends that his work and life were “too difficult.” Police heard testimony from Park’s friends that he suffered from insomnia due to stress and was taking sleeping pills. According to the wishes of the family, no autopsy was conducted.
Several days before, Park had returned to Korea for a brief stay after a series of successful concerts in Japan, marking the release of his new album. He had been busy meeting with friends and associates on the day before he died. He also returned home around midnight after drinking with friends and spoke with his father, who was in a terminal stage of stomach cancer, massaging his back and legs. Park was said to have cried and told his father he wished he was the one who was sick.
The police believe his suicide was impulsive. One executive from an entertainment agency who was close to Park said, “He often seemed sad and gloomy because of his father’s illness.”
His father, Park Seung-in, was an album producer during the 1970s and 80s and a manager for several popular Korean singers. His showbiz background was believed to have had a profound influence on his son.
Park Yong-ha was loved by many. From his fans, family, friends, and fellow celebrities. Many of the actor’s colleagues in the film and music industry visited the funeral hall at Kang Nam Virgin Mary Hospital, where the late actor was temporarily placed. Among the stars who came to express their condolences were Bae Yong-jun, Choi Ji-woo, So Ji-sup, Kim Hyun-joo, SS501’s Kim Hyun-jun, U-Kiss’ Kim Ki-bum, CN Blue, Park Hyo-shin, and many others. Song Yun-ah, Park Shi-yeon, and many others who were particularly close with the actor were seen weeping. Others such as Uhm Ji-won and Joo Young-hun left Twitter messages, expressing their heartbreak from this tragic and unfortunate event. He actually was scheduled to start filming for an upcoming drama series, tentatively titled Love Song, alongside actress Yoon Eun-hye. The drama is a remake of a Hong Kong film, Tian Mi Mi, which unfortunately could not be aired.
The funeral service was held on July 2, 2010, at 8 a.m. as a Buddhist ceremony, and the late actor was buried at Gyeon Gi Do Province.
Take a look to the celebrities who attended Park Yong-ha’s funeral.
Bae Yong-jun & Choi Ji-woo
SE7EN & Park Han-byul
CN BLUE & Jung Yong-hwa
U-KISS’ Kim Ki-bum