Lee Sun-kyun, who played Satan in Parasite, died at the age of 48

Actor Lee Sun-kyun has died in Seoul, South Korea, at the age of 48. He was best known for his role in the 2019 movie Parasite.

South Korean cops told NBC News that Lee Sun-kyun, who played the lead role in the Academy Award-winning movie Parasite, has died. He was 48 years old.

The news source said that Lee's body was found in a stopped car in Seoul on December 27. There was a charcoal briquette in the passenger seat. Police began looking for the actor after hearing from his manager that Lee had left home after writing what seemed to be a suicide note. 

As reported by the Associated Press, police have been looking into the star for the past few weeks because they think he has been using drugs. However, Lee has maintained his innocence. 

"There's no way to contain sorrow and despair," his management company, HODU&U Entertainment, told ABC News in a statement. They also asked the public to "refrain from spreading false facts based on speculation and malicious reports so that the deceased's final journey will not be unfair."

The statement talked about plans for a private funeral for coworkers and friends. It ended with, "We express our deepest condolences on the deceased's final journey."

Lee was born in 1975 and studied acting at the Korea National University of Arts. His first job as an actor was in a music video in 1999. 

Before working on Parasite, he was a well-known actor in Korean movies and TV shows. He was in the dramas Coffee Prince and Behind the White Tower in 2007, the love comedy series Pasta in 2010, the thriller Helpless in 2012, and the psychological drama My Mister in 2018.

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