Suicide Rate Doubles in Prosperous South Korea


Actor Choi Jin-young (left) hanged himself last month and his sister Choi Jin-sil (right),  known as the “nation’s actress” hanged herself in October 2008

Choi Jin-young hanged himself last month with an electrical cord. The 39-year-old actor wasn’t getting any work in local TV, police said, and he had been depressed since the suicide of his famous older sister.  The sister, Choi Jin-sil, was known as the “nation’s actress.” When she hanged herself in her bathroom in October 2008, a wave of sympathetic suicides swept South Korea and 1,700 people took their lives the following month.


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