South Korean comedian, mother found dead at home

    A prominent South Korean comedian was found dead at her home in Seoul on Monday alongside her mother, multiple reports said.

    The bodies of Park Ji-sun, 36, and her mother were found by police, Yonhap news agency reported.

    Park was reportedly being treated for an unspecified illness and the Seoul Shinmun newspaper cited a police officer as saying there were “no signs of outside intrusion or murder”.

    Suicide is a chronic social problem in highly competitive South Korea and the leading cause of death for people aged between 10 and 39, according to government data.

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    More than 13,700 people took their own lives last year.

    Park was a graduate of the elite Korea University, where she studied education, but charmed audiences with her down-to-earth and self-deprecating humor — often light-heartedly playing the role of a woman repeatedly rejected on a date.

    “I am lucky as a comedian that I can use my face to make people laugh,” she said in an interview with the Hankyoreh newspaper.

    Several South Korean celebrities have killed themselves in recent years, among them K-pop singers Goo Hara and Sulli, both of whom had been subjected to vicious cyber-bullying, and Kim Jong-hyun of the boyband Shinee.

    (AFP)

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