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Last memorial for Choi in Yangpyeong

2011/10/03 | 1171 views |  | Permalink | Source

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The third memorial service for the late actress Choi Jin-sil was held at Kapsan Park Cemetery in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi, yesterday, with some 30 of her relatives and friends in attendance.

Choi, a top actress for nearly 20 years, hanged herself at her home in Seoul on Oct. 2, 2008. She was 39.

Her mother Jung Ok-sook attended the memorial with Choi's two children, whose father is former baseball player Cho Sung-min. The entertainers in attendance included comedian Lee Young-ja, model and radio DJ Hong Jin-kyung and actor Cho Yeon-woo.

Afterward, mourners visited the grave of Choi's younger brother Choi Jin-young, who killed himself in March 2010. The singer-actor was also 39 when he died.

This year's memorial will be the last one before Choi's grave is moved to another place.

In March, Yangpyeong County officials discovered that a 7,550-square-meter (2-acre) area of a forest near the cemetery had been illegally destroyed to create space for more graves. Unfortunately, both Chois are buried on the site and according to the law their graves must be moved.

The families have not yet decided where to rebury the ashes, but sources say that the process should be completed by early next year.

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