Police believe star’s father strangled his parents before killing self.
SOUTH Korean police officials announced yesterday that they were investigating the deaths of the father and grandparents of popular K-pop boy band member Leeteuk, of Super Junior, which occurred late Sunday night.
Although on Monday night officials from the star’s agency SM Entertainment announced that the family members had been killed in a car accident in an apparent attempt to protect the entertainer from bad publicity, it has now been revealed that the three actually died in their home in what police are suspecting was an apparent murder-suicide.
It was reported that on Monday morning the bodies of Leeteuk’s father and grandparents were discovered by a relative in their apartment in Shindaebang-dong, south-western Seoul.
The bodies of the 84-year-old grandfather and 79-year-old grandmother were found in bed with a blanket pulled over them, while the 57-year-old father, referred to only by his family name Park, was found dead in his room in an apparent suicide by hanging.
Although the police have not yet officially determined the cause of death of the grandparents, they believe that Park murdered his parents before committing suicide.
“After our initial investigation of the scene, we believe that Park first strangled his parents and then killed himself,” stated police officials. “However, we are still investigating the situation to confirm our suspicions.”
A suicide note found at the scene apparently written by Park stated: “I am taking them with me.”
Family members of the deceased said that Park had been suffering from depression for a long time, after divorcing his wife several years ago. He alone cared for his parents, who had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for years.
Leeteuk (real name Park Jeong-su), 30, is currently fulfilling his mandatory military service. However, after hearing the news, the star rushed to the Korea University Guro Hospital, where funeral services are scheduled for today.
Leeteuk’s childhood unveiled
Leeteuk’s previous mentions of his childhood on television and comments made by acquaintances with the star’s father are shedding new light on the family’s affairs after news of the tragedy broke on Monday.
“I was often beaten up and my parents would argue often. Father was just a scary figure to me at the time,” the Super Junior member confessed on a TV programme in 2012, describing his deprived childhood.
Acquaintances who went to pay their respects to the family commented that Leeteuk’s father was a dutiful son who cared for his elderly parents afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease.
They said that the father had been suffering from depression ever since his business started to go wrong, despite his idol son’s success.
The funeral hall was filled with wreaths sent from officials from his agency and celebrity friends. Fellow idol stars Yoon Du-jun of BEAST and Jo-kwon of 2AM offered their condolences to the bereaved on Twitter. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network