In a statement distributed to the press, HODU&U Entertainment confirmed reports of the actor’s death, saying “There is no way to express this profound and dismal feeling of sorrow.”
Police reportedly found Lee Sun-kyun’s body in his car near a park in Jongno District in Seoul just before 11 a.m.
“He was confirmed dead at the scene and was not transferred to a hospital for treatment,” reports quoted a fire department official as saying.
With the announcement that his funeral will be held privately, HODU&U Entertainment also called on the public not to spread any false information.
“We earnestly ask to avoid spreading false information based on baseless speculations or assumptions, as well as malicious reports, so that the deceased’s last moments would not be unfairly tarnished,” it said in the statement.
Lee Sun-kyun is survived by his wife, two sons, and siblings. Born in Seoul in 1975, he studied acting at the Korea National University of Arts.
He played the role of the rich family’s father in the 2019 film “Parasite,” the first non-English-language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
In the 2015 Baeksang Arts Award, he won the best actor trophy for the 2014 film “A Hard Day.” His role as a brilliant brain scientist in the 2021 movie “Dr. Brain” earned him a best actor nomination in the 2022 International Emmy Awards.
In the 2007 “Coffee Prince,” he was a record producer and cousin of the male lead character. He was most recently seen in the K-dramas “My Mister,” “Diary of a Prosecutor,” and “Payback.”
At the time of his death, Lee Sun-kyun was being investigated for alleged illegal drug use. He had claimed innocence, maintaining that he had been tricked into taking drugs.