The coffin for the late Korean actor Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide two days ago, was borne out of St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul earlier this morning amidst a sea of celebrities and fans attending the ceremony.
Actor So Ji-sub, a close friend of Park, led the coffin-bearing procession while carrying a photograph of the deceased, followed by Park's parents, family members and fellow actor friends. Several celebrities broke out into tears and started sobbing loudly.
The ceremony, held at 6 a.m at St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, was also attended by some 200 fans and 80 media outlets from Korea and Japan.
The hearse will drive past Korea's three major broadcasting stations SBS, KBS and MBC where Park had worked, his old home in Hapjeong-dong and current home in Cheongdam-dong.
Park will be cremated in Sungnam and his remains will be buried at the Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province.
Numerous Korean celebrities had paid a visit to Park's wake service for the past two days including CNBLUE, Eugene, Gummy, Kangta, Kim Bum, Kim Ha-neul, Kim Hyun-joo, Kim Jin-pyo, Lee Byung-hun, Lyn, Park Hyo-shin, Psy, Song Seung-heon and U-Know Yunho.
Best known for his role as Sang-hyuk in the smash hit TV series "Winter Sonata" (KBS2, 2002), Park had led a successful acting and singing career in Korea and Japan as well.
However, sources close to Park said he recently had been having a very hard time juggling his career, his company and family problems. His father is currently suffering from late-stage stomach cancer.
Park was found dead in his apartment around 5:30 a.m. on June 30. He hanged himself from the cord of his camcorder charger.
Although many suspected that Park had been suffering from depression and severe stress, local police ruled his death as "a suicide taken on impulse" after drinking the previous night and claimed there were no emotional or financial issues involved.
Reporter : Park Kun-ouc kun1112@
Editor : Lynn Kim lynn2878@
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