5:12 am - 01/07/2014

SM Releases Statement Regarding Leeteuk’s Father and Grandparents’ Possible Suicide


A few hours after news first hit that Leeteuk‘s father (Park Yong In), grandfather (Park Hyun Suk), and grandmother (Chun Kyung Tae) all passed away together on January 6 due to a car accident, new reports surfaced which claimed that their deaths could be suicide.

According to those reports, a source from the Dongjak Fire Department stated that the bodies of Leeteuk’s father and grandparents were found at their home located in Shindaebang-dong, Seoul around 9:20AM. A suicide note was also found along with the deceased, leading to suspicion their deaths were due to suicide. More reports described that the grandparents were found lying on their bed and the father was found hanging.

With the initial report claiming that the death of Leeteuk’s father and grandparents were due to a car accident, confusion arose on whether the deceased found in their home was Leeteuk’s family members. Currently, all local media sources are reporting that it is indeed Leeteuk’s father and grandparents who were found dead in the house located in Guro-gu. Investigation is still ongoing into the exact nature of their deaths.

SM Entertainment, who initially reported that the death of Leeteuk’s father and grandparents were due to a car accident, have made another statement recently. It said, “Leeteuk is in deep sorrow. The family of the deceased is in anguish over reports on the details or on assumptions going out without constraint, and they desire to send the deceased quietly. We earnestly ask on behalf of the family of the deceased that there is restrain on sensationalist reports.”

Currently, the funeral is being held at the Korea University Guro Hospital.

Once again, we offer our deepest condolences to Leeteuk and his family.

I removed the picture after realizing that it was in poor taste.


Source soompi, tvreport, .sports chosun, star, osen, naver,

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aleexnews 7th-Jan-2014 04:43 am (UTC)
is that picture of him from today? omg can they not??? wtf is wrong with these reporters ugh i cannot fucking imagine what its like to have cameras shoved in ur face when ur going thru smth like this, its inhumane.

my condolences go out to him and his sister and family, this is horrible horrible news. :( RIP. i hope someone is keeping an eye on leeteuk and his sister because they need all the support they can get right now.

edit: ok thank god its not but i saw pics of other celebs attending the funeral and i just dont get how or why they allow the media in there.

Edited at 2014-01-07 04:48 am (UTC)
justkyhdding 7th-Jan-2014 04:53 am (UTC)
no i think that's from his musical rehearsal
justkyhdding 7th-Jan-2014 04:45 am (UTC)
oh god this is just too tragic
princetabi 7th-Jan-2014 04:45 am (UTC)
This is so confusing but so awful either way.
waves_of_light 7th-Jan-2014 04:45 am (UTC)
holy shit. this is so, so sad
muertealkitsch I respectfully request that this post be made members-only, please.7th-Jan-2014 04:45 am (UTC)
The fact that it's an official statement doesn't make it any less delicate. Leeteuk doesn't need this kind of press. I think we shouldn't be making this content readily available to everyone, at least not right now. It's too damn morbid.

I have a very bad feeling about this.
jongkeyisreal 7th-Jan-2014 04:46 am (UTC)
really tragic.

and good job to dispatch:
Considering the pain that Leeteuk and family feel right now. Dispatch decided to respect the family and refrain to make any report about it.
They said rather than celeb news, it is a family tragedy that can happen to anyone. So they decided to stop making reports and news abt it.
-@kibokiee
bubblyshades 7th-Jan-2014 04:46 am (UTC)
This is all so tragic. I hope Eeteuk and his family are getting all the emotional support and help they need right now.
whysojaelous 7th-Jan-2014 04:47 am (UTC)
RIP to the family. I hope all of his closest friends are taking very good care of him.

Edited at 2014-01-07 04:47 am (UTC)
anconeous 7th-Jan-2014 04:47 am (UTC)
If it really was because of suicide, I understand why they'd want to release the news as a car accident. Either way, it's unbelievably tragic. :( Media should back off though 'cause the deceased aren't celebrities. They didn't live in the public spotlight. Turning their deaths into a media circus is just cruel for everyone affected.
shanny_w 7th-Jan-2014 04:48 am (UTC)
the anguish in that picture is too devastating to look at :( i know he's a public figure but i wish they didn't get that shot.
twinkystar16 7th-Jan-2014 04:52 am (UTC)
it's an old pic i think, back when he did some musical in the army
shintotchi 7th-Jan-2014 04:49 am (UTC)
Aagh that's worse, if it was a suicide. That's really worrying, and I hope Teuk and his mother get through this. :/
sayhitoforever 7th-Jan-2014 04:50 am (UTC)
OP, could the photo be taken down? I know it probably came with the article but I think it'd be good to remove it.
muertealkitsch 7th-Jan-2014 04:52 am (UTC)
+1
lazmy 7th-Jan-2014 04:51 am (UTC)
taking a picture of him during the worst moment of his life is disgusting. i couldn't imagine someone taking my picture and spreading it around when my grandpa died. my heart breaks for leeteuk and the rest of his family. i hope he is able to cope with this devastating loss and find strength to keep going.
soypants 7th-Jan-2014 04:51 am (UTC)
I kinda feel that things like this shouldn't be posted so that Leeteuk can grieve in privacy
toshi830 7th-Jan-2014 04:51 am (UTC)
as much as a lot of omona users dislike leeteuk, we should all be respectful and sympathize with the man over such a great loss, whatever the case may be.
twinkystar16 7th-Jan-2014 04:51 am (UTC)
the suicides reports might be true then, may them all rest in peace
my condolences goes to leetuk and his family, be strong
jeit91 7th-Jan-2014 04:53 am (UTC)
wow rip, can't imagine losing all your family like that all at once.

false reports about a car accident, then reports on suicide in their house..how does that happen?
twinkystar16 7th-Jan-2014 04:57 am (UTC)
suicides are frowned upon in the society and there's always the after questions, SM might try to hid the fact that such sad occurrence happened
ullielvidina 7th-Jan-2014 04:53 am (UTC)
My condolence for Jungsu and family. I feel that spreading rumors about someone's death is just unacceptable. And the picture... I've never seen Leeteuk so devastated before. God bless Leeteuk.
gillette 7th-Jan-2014 04:54 am (UTC)
I'll refrain from speculating because that would be in poor taste. This whole story is devastating.

Also, that picture is really gross. I hate when someone's moment of grief gets captured on film for the world to see like some sort of tabloid fodder.
erbalurbal 7th-Jan-2014 04:57 am (UTC)
This is so tragic. Anyone would be devastated by this but Leeteuk is such an emotional person, I hope the people around him give him the extra support he needs. I hope none of those "fans" are being ignorant.

Edited at 2014-01-07 04:58 am (UTC)
racquelle2005 7th-Jan-2014 04:59 am (UTC)
I remember seeing this gifset on tumblr in the past where Leeteuk talked about his father hitting him/beating him in the past and if the suicide reports are true then this is truly a tragedy. I just can't fathom this. My condolences go out to him and his family.
lazmy 7th-Jan-2014 06:13 am (UTC)
i saw that gifset too and i always felt for leeteuk and his past
justkyhdding 7th-Jan-2014 05:03 am (UTC)
If anyone's feeling distressed about this, please contact and talk to someone you trust or one of the helplines available in your country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

(OP maybe we could link this list or a different one in the post itself so that more people see it?)
magicpineapple 8th-Jan-2014 12:52 am (UTC)
thank you for this. <3
ilovekonkon 7th-Jan-2014 05:06 am (UTC)
such a tragedy, i can't even wrap my mind around it. the statement the police gave about it was strange though, what do they mean his father decided to "take the grandparents with him" when he committed suicide? did he kill them? i don't mean to speculate but i just didn't understand the wording of that statement and i'm hoping to get some clarification.

i hope leeteuk and the rest of his family get through this!

Edited at 2014-01-07 05:08 am (UTC)
sobaek 7th-Jan-2014 05:37 am (UTC)
Reports are that the father killed his parents before committing suicide.


I'm really with SM on this though but I'd want to use stronger language. The gossip and speculation and the sharing of supposed extracts from a suicide not etc. needs to stop. The invasion of privacy is disgusting. The family do not need that right now. The reporting of it should have been kept as brief as possible without digging for details. Correcting initial reports after some time is one thing but releasing articles the way these sites have been is another. Not all of them follow a timeline, either.
uledy 7th-Jan-2014 05:08 am (UTC)
This is tragic and should remain private. As such, I hope we don't see several update posts detailing every new piece of information or angle here on Omona. It just seems too much to me.
shanny_w 7th-Jan-2014 05:35 am (UTC)
yeah, we've seen & read articles of korean celebrities grieving and going to funerals here at omona, but this is definitely a new situation. with his high profile things are going to be scrutinized so much. i'm going to try and make sure all of us mods are on the same page and just let through the necessary news.
milafanway 7th-Jan-2014 05:10 am (UTC)
I still can't with all this, and that photo doesn't help, omg, I'm even crying.............
We can't do nothing for him, we can only pray for him and his mother and sister, and like dispatch some "fans" should respect his privacity......taking pictures of a funeral? That's pretty horrible
Someone hold me T__________T
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