Choi Jin-sil’s Brother Speaks Out

January 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Stars | Leave a comment
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Choi Jin-young (right) with his sister Choi Jin-sil

Actor and singer Choi Jin-young, younger brother of late actress Choi Jin-sil, appeared on the KBS “Park Jung Hoon Show” on Dec. 21, and spoke of his sister. “There were times when I resented her for passing on this huge burden to me,” said a tearful Choi.

“I decided to come to the show because I wanted to show my sister in heaven that many people are still remembering her,” he added.

Choi said after the divorce his sister suffered from malicious comments posted online — and once decided to immigrate to the U.S. for the sake of her children. Choi also told how the late actress returned to the spotlight via KBS drama “My Rosy Life” after undergoing personal difficulties.

“I hope she visits my dreams and tell me that she is doing all right,” said Choi.

Choi Jin-sil committed suicide last October after suffering from extreme stress over a rumor that she may have lent money to actor Ahn Jae-hwan, who also committed suicide due to business failure and consequent financial difficulties.

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The Most Searched In America & Korea

December 3, 2008 at 4:26 am | Posted in Other, Stars | 1 Comment
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‘The fairy of pop’ Britney Spears (27) ranked first place on 2008 Yahoo search.

On the 2nd, Yahoo! revealed the most searched celebrity in ‘Yahoo [America] Top Ten Searches of 2008.’ The result being that Britney Spears rose to the top over Barack Obama as the most searched.

America’s popular sports wrestling (WWE) ranked second place and Barack Obama ranked 3rd as the first elected African American President.

Miley Cyrus ranked 4th, RuneScape 5th, Jessica Alba 6th, Naruto 7th, Lindsey Lohan 8th, Angelina Jolie 9th and American Idol 10th.

Meanwhile, the most searched word by netizens in Korea appeared to be ‘exchange rate.’ And from October 1st, Choi Jin Shil who died in her home rose the second most searched.

Stock prices, Wonder Girls, Real Estate, Jung Sun Hee, Kim Yun Ah , Big Bang and others ranked among the top 10 in Korea.

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Filmmakers Honored at the 29th Blue Dragon Awards

November 20, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Posted in Events, Movies | Leave a comment
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The 29th Blue Dragon Awards was held Thursday night to honor the year’s top films and filmmakers.

This year’s Blue Dragon Awards’ best film honor went to “Forever the Moment,” a moving film based on a true story about how the Korean women’s handball team overcame the odds to win the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The film’s co-star Kim Ji-young also won the best supporting actress award. Its producer, Shim Jae-myung, said that he wanted to make an inspirational film about people outside the spotlight.

Kim Yun-seok of the year’s top thriller “The Chaser” was honored with the best leading actor award and Son Ye-jin of the romantic comedy “My Wife Got Married” was named the best leading actress. This year’s top grossing film “The Good, the Bad, the Weird” directed by Kim Ji-woon garnered four awards – best director, cinematography, art direction, and the movie attracting the most moviegoers. Comedy “Crush and Blush” directed by newcomer Lee Kyung-mi went away with the best new director and best screenplay awards.

There was a touching moment when the late actress Choi Jin-sil was commemorated and given an honorary popularity award. Actor Ahn Sung-ki, who co-starred with her in “North Korean Partisan in South Korea,” commented that she had always been a cheerful mom and actress and that her works will forever be remembered in people’s hearts.

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Choi Jin-shil Mourned 49 Days after Death

November 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Stars | 2 Comments
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Forth-nine days have passed since noted actress Choi Jin-shil took her own life. In the 49th-day tribute for this ill-fated actress, her close friends and family members have gathered at her grave site to remember her life. The ceremony was held in the morning of November 19th at the Gapsan Cemetery in Yangsuri, Gyeonggi Province with Choi’s mother and brother (actor/singer Choi Jin-young), and her closest friends comedienne Lee Young-ja and actress Shin-ae.

Notably absent was Choi’s ex-husband and former baseball star Cho Sung-min, who’s currently embroiled in a controversial custody battle with Choi’s family. He was seen at the cemetery on November 18th, the day before the 49th day ceremony, to avoid media attention and an encounter with Choi’s family and friends.

Cho had given up his parental right over their two children after his divorce from Choi. But his parental right was automatically restored upon Choi’s death, which can also give him custody of her two young children and their inheritance, which is presumed to be in millions of dollars. Choi’s family and women’s advocate groups have rallied against Cho’s rights over children and Choi’s assets and urged the government to change the laws on parental rights. Meanwhile, Cho has denied his interest in the money, but has insisted on having visiting rights to see his children and carry out his fatherly duty.

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Choi Jin Sil’s Last Conversation Disclosed

October 23, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Stars | 4 Comments
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The contents of the last phone call the late actress Choi Jin-sil made to a magazine reporter have been disclosed.

In the November edition of Queen magazine, the reporter, Kim, a close friend of Choi, revealed the phone conversation he had with Choi just before she committed suicide. She expressed grief over rumors believed to have forced her to take her own life.

According to the report, Choi called him around 1 a.m. on Oct. 2, presumably hours before committing suicide, and cried for a while. She repeatedly said, “I don’t need anything! What did I do wrong? Will all this end, if I die?”

Choi suffered rumors that she was involved in the death of actor Ahn Jae-hwan, who killed himself in September allegedly after failing to pay back debts to loan sharks. It was rumored that Choi lent him billions of won.

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Lee Hyori spends time with Choi Jin Sil’s children, will vacation in London

October 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Stars | 3 Comments
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Sexy icon Lee Hyori recently flew for a trip to London for a pictorial. She’s planning for a shoot in London, and also planning to spend a sweet rest there.

On October 5, Lee Hyori finished up activities for her 3rd album and was busy shooting this season of SBS “Family Outing.” She did have time, though, to spend and play with Choi Jin Sil‘s two children.

Lee Hyori met with the two children when she heard that the second child (daughter) was a fan of hers. Even though she still had a busy schedule shooting “Family Outing,” she took the time to visit Choi Jin Sil’s children.

Lee Hyori is scheduled to return [from London] on October 18.

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Lee Hyori is just too sweet, visiting with Choi Jin Sil’s children after what happened. I think it’s great that she’s taking a rest too, after being so busy. We hope she has a nice week-long vacation! Any Londonites wanna keep an eye out for her? 😄

Netizens Attack Rumor Spreader About Choi Jin Sil

October 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Stars | 3 Comments
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A photo and other private information of a securities company staff who allegedly contributed to actress Choi Jin-sil’s death was posted on the Internet, causing concerns whether another “cyber witch hunt” would produce another victim.

The woman, identified only as Baek, is under police investigation for spreading an online rumor that linked the late Choi to loan sharks who lent billions of won to actor Ahn Jae-hwan and drove him to commit suicide last month. The rumors allegedly put undue stress on Choi, who hung herself on Oct.2.

According to police, Baek said she received the rumor from a friend of hers through an online messenger, but the investigation team were unable to restore the content of the conversation.

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Source of Choi Jin-sil Rumors Remains Elusive

October 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Stars | Leave a comment
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Police have closed an investigation of the source of rumors said to have spurred the suicide of actress Choi Jin-sil. According to the rumor, Choi had some part in the recent suicide of actor Ahn Jae-hwan, who apparently killed himself under pressure of huge debts. Police said rumors that Choi was one of the creditors are groundless.

Seocho Police on Tuesday said they investigated four people who were confirmed to have spread the rumor but failed to track down the source of the rumor. They decided to close the investigation and book all four.

They include a 25-year-old employee in a securities company identified as Baek, who is charged with posting the rumor in an online club, and three other securities employees identified as Koo (28), Lee (34) and Baek (34), who allegedly distributed the rumor via online messenger.

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Actress Death Stokes Fears of Copycat Suicides

October 3, 2008 at 10:45 am | Posted in Stars | 1 Comment
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Two women were found hanging from elastic bands less than 24 hours after the chilling death of South Korean top actress Choi Jin-sil, raising fears of possible copycat suicides, Yonhap News reported quoting police sources.

As the nation braced for a possible rash of copycat suicides, police reported that two women were found dead in circumstances similar to the actress’ death.

A 55-year-old woman, identified only by her family name Park, was found dead shortly after midnight hanging from an elastic band in the bathroom of her apartment in Haenam County, South Jeolla Province. Her family says the woman suffered from depression.

Park’s son told police that she “went into the bathroom to take a shower, but that after a while nothing was heard from inside.”

Another woman, identified by her family name Lee, was found dead after hanging herself with an elastic band in her multi-family house in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, at around 6 a.m. Friday morning.

A neighbor who lives downstairs reported to police after receiving a phone call from Lee, 30, giving her the password to her home an hour earlier.

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Choi Jin Sil committed suicide impulsively

October 3, 2008 at 10:39 am | Posted in Stars | 1 Comment
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Police Friday concluded that actress Choi Jin-sil hanged herself on impulse under the influence of alcohol.

The interim conclusion was made after an autopsy was conducted and her written memo and accounts of witnesses and friends were studied.

Police found a notebook in which the late iconic actress expressed her innermost feelings in a memo. In it she said, “I am a loner being bullied… I can’t breathe.”

Yang Jae-ho of Seocho Police Station said investigators have secured several pieces of evidence that her inner world had been shuffling between death and life. Sometimes she managed to get over extreme mental stress through dialogue with friends, he said.
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