Popular comedian, 36, and mum found dead at home

Yahoo News Staff
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Mystery surrounds the death of a popular comedian whose body was this week found at her home alongside that of her mum.

South Korean stand-up comedian Park Ji-sun, 36, and her mum were found dead by police on Monday (local time), according to Yonhap news agency.

The performer was reportedly being treated for an unspecified medical condition in the lead-up to her death.

Police have since revealed there were “no signs of outside intrusion or murder” when they responded to the grim scene, the Seoul Shinmun reported.

South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun (right) appears in a comedy skit.
South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun (right) and her mother have been found dead in an apartment. Source: Youtube/ Yahoo Singapore

Suicide is a chronic social problem in highly competitive South Korea and the leading cause of death for people aged between 10 and 39, according to government data.

More than 13,700 people took their own lives last year.

Park was a graduate of the elite Korea University, where she studied education, but charmed audiences with her down-to-earth and self-deprecating humour - often light-heartedly playing the role of a woman repeatedly rejected on a date.

“I am lucky as a comedian that I can use my face to make people laugh,” she said in an interview with the Hankyoreh newspaper.

Several South Korean celebrities have killed themselves in recent years, among them K-pop singers Goo Hara and Sulli, both of whom had been subjected to vicious cyber-bullying, and Kim Jong-hyun of the boyband Shinee.

with AFP

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