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Park Yong Ha found dead

South Korean actor and singer Park Yong Ha, who appeared in the South Korean television soap opera “Winter Sonata,” was found dead early Wednesday at his home in Seoul, in what appeared to be a suicide, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The report quoted police as saying that Park’s body was found at his home in Nonhyun-dong, southern Seoul, around 5:30 a.m. by his mother, noting that he appeared to have hanged himself with the cord of a mobile charger. No suicide note has been found, the report added.

Park had been taking care of his father, who has been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, at his home, and had been severely distressed by his father’s disease, the report said, quoting his family and acquaintances. He had been taking sleeping pills due to insomnia, it added.

Park said “I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Tuesday night after massaging his father.

He was supposed to attend a meeting on Tuesday about a shooting of a South Korean TV drama that he was expected to appear in, but did not show up, the report said.

The 32-year-old actor, who debuted in 1997, became very popular and widely known across Asia, including Japan, after the 2002 drama series became a big hit in the region.

In the TV series, Park played the rival of a main character played by another South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon.

Park, who was also a renowned singer, released several albums and held concerts in Japan.

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