Two months after the fact, it has been revealed that actress Han Chae-won killed herself on Aug. 25 at her home in Yeonhui-dong, central Seoul. Han was 31 years old.
The Seoul Seodaemun Police Station announced Saturday that Han appeared to have committed suicide since they discovered no signs of murder at the scene. They did, however, report a suicide note, which said, "I want to die. I'm really sorry for my parents".
Police also added that Han had been undergoing treatment for depression since 2007 and speculated that her depression stemmed from the fact that she wasn't a major celebrity.
Han left a message on her Web site in July, saying, "I really don't want to comment, but I want to stop suffering and crying. This could be solved if I could achieve success, but ..."
Han, whose legal name is Jung Jae-eun, made her TV debut in the KBS drama "Solitude" in 2002 after winning a beauty contest in Gangwon. She also featured in the MBC sitcom "Non-stop 3" in 2003 and made her film debut the following year with "Shinsukki Blues".
Her career later stalled and in 2009 she released a series of provocative photos that briefly put her back in the spotlight.
Last September she released a single "Ma! Boy", but it failed to attract widespread attention.
"It seemed she had no financial difficulties", a police official told Ilgan Sports, the JoongAng Ilbo's sports daily, on Saturday. "But we have found that she was suffering from her low status as an actress".
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