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Death of a Korean Actress Shocks Immigrant Community

Korea Times, news report, Posted: Oct 03, 2008

The death of a popular South Korean actress sent a shockwave throughout the Korean immigrant community in the United States and raised awareness of the importance of mental health, reports the Korea Times published in Los Angeles. Choi Jin-sil, 40, was a fixture of Korean prime-time television drama. She was found dead Thursday hanging from a shower stall with an elastic band tied around her neck in her home in southern Seoul. Choi, a single mother of two, was lately dogged by rumors circulating on the Web that she may have played a role in the suicide of an actor who took his own life last month after reportedly being pressured by loan sharks to pay off his large debt, reports the newspaper. The loss of the motherland's iconic entertainer raises a question of why a soaring number of Koreans rush to kill themselves, report the Korea Times. The story suggests that Koreans have to think about why they have earned the title, "the citizens of Republic of Suicide."



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