The former husband of the famous South Korean actress Choi Jin-sil who committed suicide back in 2008 has now committed suicide himself:
Cho Sung-min, 40, a former All-Star pitcher in Japan’s top baseball league, was found dead at his girlfriend’s home in Dogok-dong, southern Seoul, yesterday, hours after he sent her a text message implying he was considering taking his own life.
Cho was once married to leading Korean actress Choi Jin-sil, who also committed suicide in 2008.
The Seoul Suseo Police Precinct said he was discovered hanging from a belt in the bathroom of his current girlfriend, a 41-year-old woman surnamed Park. They had been drinking together the night before when Park informed Cho she wanted to end the relationship, the police said.
Cho is believed to have hung himself between 12:20 a.m. and 3:40 a.m. after Park left to meet a friend. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Gangnam Severance Hospital in southern Seoul.
The police said they found no sign of a break-in or foul play. There was also no suicide note. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
The story of Choi and Cho is actually quite a strange one. Choi Jin-sil killed herself supposedly because of online rumors that were spread about her having caused the suicide of another actor Ahn Jae-hwan.
However, Choi had other problems besides the online rumors. Back in 2004 a construction company that she represented in commercials sued her to return the money they had paid her because she damaged the reputation of the company by appearing before television cameras bruised and battered by her husband Cho Sung-min. If you can believe this the construction company later won the lawsuit and Choi’s estate had to payback the 500 million won the company paid her. Things even got stranger when the ashes from Choi’s grave were stolen. Fortunately they were later recovered. To add further tragedy to her family, her younger brother than committed suicide a year and a half later. Now to top everything else off, her former husband has committed suicide as well.