‘Parasite’ Actor Lee Sun-kyun Found Dead In Apparent Suicide After Facing Drug Use Allegations

“Parasite” actor Lee Sun-kyun has been reported dead, according to multiple outlets. The Associated Press reports that the 48-year-old was found dead in his car on Dec. 27 in Seoul, South Korea, according to Seoul’s Seongbuk police station. Yonhap News Agency, a South Korean media outlet, reported that Lee’s family told police on Wednesday that he left home after leaving a message like a suicide letter. TMZ reports that he died of an apparent suicide but it has not been confirmed by authorities. Lee’s death comes just months after he had been under a police investigation over allegations that he used illegal drugs at a bar hostess’ home, according to the South Korean new agency. Yonhap also reported that Lee insisted he was tricked into taking the drugs and that he allegedly did not know what he was taking. Lee is survived by his wife and their two sons. Lee played the patriarch of the Park family in “Parasite,” which took home the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture.