South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun and her mother found dead at home

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[UPDATED: NOV 3, 2020]

The South Korean police has released a statement that they will not be conducting autopsies on the late South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun and her mother, as per the family's wishes, as there were no signs of outside intrusion at the scene.

In addition, a suicide note that was reportedly written by Ji-sun's mother also suggested that there were no criminal offences.

According to media reports, the family does not want the contents of the note to be disclosed publicly. However, a news outlet allegedly published its contents, revealing the reason for the suicides to be related to Ji-sun's health issue.

The comedian reportedly announced six years ago that she suffered from ultraviolet allergy, and that she experienced pain and discomfort wearing make-up, working outdoors, as well as working under strong stage lights.

Ji-sun's friend, comedian and radio DJ Kim Young-chul, said in his radio programme today (Nov 3) that he last saw her at a friend's wedding in May, and revealed his last phone messages with her.

"She didn't look very well, so I texted her afterwards, asking her if she was okay. She replied that she was sick, and that she was focusing on getting better. I said, 'Get well soon so I can see you again soon'," Young-chul said.

South Koreans are shocked by her death, as she had always radiated positivity and shared messages of hope.

Tragically, today would have been Ji-sun's 36th birthday.


South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun, 35, and her mother were found dead at their home in the Mapo-gu district in Seoul this afternoon (Nov 2).

According to news reports, Ji-sun's father called the police when he could not contact them both on their phones. When he entered the house with the police, the pair was reportedly already dead.

Ji-sun was allegedly under treatment for an unspecified health condition and her mother was staying with her. She debuted in 2007 as a comedian and worked on various TV variety shows.

The police are investigating and the exact cause of death remains unknown. According to some reports, the police suspect it to be a case of suicide.

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