Monday, October 6, 2008

Farewell to Korean Actress - Choi Jin Shil

Korean actress Choi Jin Shil, who was found dead in her home in Seocho, Seoul, on 2 October, will be buried today. The 40-year-old star hung herself in her bathroom and her body was discovered by her mother a few hours later.

Choi Jin Shil was one of Korea’s most popular actress in the 90s and was making a successful comeback in recent years. She made her acting debut in 1988 and starred in about 30 movies and dramas, including the popular “Wish Upon a Star” in 1997.

Choi married professional baseball player Cho Sung Min (see pic above) in December 2000 but the marriage didn’t last long, and officially ended in 2004 following an ugly and lengthy legal battle in which she won the custody of her two children, 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter (see pic below).
Choi Jin Shil made her acting comeback in 2004/2005 with high rating dramas “War of the Roses” and “My Rosy Life”. Her last film was “My Last Scandal” in early 2008, which was also highly rated with a sequel already in planning.

Despite her successful career revival, Choi’s mother told the cops that the actress had been suffering depression since her divorce and was under medication. It’s believe that the recent rumours of her involvement in actor Ahn Jae Hwan’s suicide death had probably triggered her own suicide.

Choi Jin Shil was rumoured to have loaned a large sum to Ahn and pressured him to return the money when his business failed. Choi had denied the rumours, claiming that it was totally baseless and filed a police report; a suspect was arrested a few days ago while the case is still under investigation.

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