Amid fierce public criticism, South Korean broadcaster SBS announced it was canceling a reality dating show after one contestant recently took her own life.
The 29-year-old woman, surnamed Chun, apparently committed suicide the night before the last day of production of “Jjak” on the resort island of Jeju. Crew members found her in a locked bathroom with a hair dryer cord around her neck.
A cast member of a South Korean blind-date reality show was found dead of what appears to be suicide on Wednesday as the show was being shot on Jeju Island, according to the Korea Times.
The 29-year-old office worker, surnamed Jeon, was found dead in a bathroom of her room at a bed-and-breakfast inn. The show’s crew reportedly forced their way into the locked bathroom after a fellow cast member became concerned.
Police found a note next to her body which stated, “I am very sorry to my mom and dad. I don’t want to live anymore because life is too tough.” Continue Reading »
The father and grandparents of K-pop boy band Super Junior leader Park Jeong-su, better known by his stage name Leeteuk, were found dead in a suspected murder-suicide, police said.
Park’s cousin, who lived with the star’s father and grandparents in Seoul, discovered the bodies in a bedroom on Monday morning, according to Seoul Sinmun. The bodies of Park’s grandparents were found in bed while the body of his father was found hanging from a rope.
SM Entertainment, which represents Super Junior, initially issued a statement that said Park’s father and grandparents had died in a car accident, but it was later revealed that they were found dead in their home. Suspicion stemming from SM Entertainment’s false report later led to the revelation that the three had actually died in a suspected murder-suicide, according to Sports Seoul. Continue Reading »
South Korea’s suicide rate dropped for the first time in six years, but the almost 12 percent decrease may have little to do with improved mental health services in the world’s most suicide-prone developed country.
Around 14,160 South Koreans took their lives in 2012, compared to 15,906 in 2011, according to data released by Statistics Korea on Wednesday. The suicide rate for South Korea per 100,000 people in 2012 was at 28.1, down 11.8 percent from the previous year.
The last time South Korea’s suicide rate fell in a calendar year was in 2006, but there has been a steady yearly increase up until last year. At one point, the suicide rate was as high as 20 percent of all deaths in 2009, near the height of the global economic downturn. Continue Reading »
Adopted children are at a higher risk of attempting suicide compared with their non-adopted siblings, according to a new study.
Data from a three-year study conducted by the University of Minnesota showed that 47 of the 56 children who attempted suicide were adopted. The study involved 692 adopted children and 540 non-adopted siblings in Minnesota. All of the children were between ages 11 and 21. The adopted children were taken by their adoptive parents before age two and have lived with a sibling.
Nearly three-quarters of the adopted children were foreign-born, with the majority of those from South Korea and female. Continue Reading »