It was revealed that Korean actor Lee Dong Gun’s young brother was killed in the early morning hours of 20th March in Sydney, Australia. Lee Dong Gun and his parents have since flown to Australia to identify and claim his body.
It was understood that Lee Dong Gun was at MBC television station on that night to discuss his new drama, “Every Day Every Night” when the tragic news broke. According to the Korean media, while he was confirming the news with friends on the plane, he broke down several times unable to believe the truth.
Lee Dong Gun was extremely close to his younger brother and was very proud of him. He doted on him a lot and everytime he returns to Korea on vacation, he would spend most of his time together with him.
According to the Australian media, Lee Dong Gun’s brother was with a friend at a local shopping complex when they were stabbed by two 18 year old Chinese students who thought they were staring at them. Both were sent to the hospital immediately after the fatal stabbings but Lee’s brother died upon arrival and could not be saved. His friend is now in critical condition.
Two 18 year old Chinese students were arrested near Redfern train station a hour later after escaping in a taxi following their crime thanks to swift police action. They are now being held by the local police pending investigations.
CCTV footage of the incident was released almost immediately in the news report which shocked the local Korean community in Sydney.
At one point, Lee Dong Gun could not be contacted by his company upon reaching Sydney. It was later before Lee confirmed that he was at the police station doing the paperwork and is scheduled to return to Korea on 26th March. His brother funeral will be held shortly in Korea later on.
Lee Dong Gun who was casted as the male lead for MBC “Every Day Every Night” drama with Kim Sun Ah might exit the drama following this tragedy. A MBC spokesperson said, “The casting has been decided but we feel that the most important thing right now is for Lee Dong Gun to sort his feelings.” He added, “The latest we can start filming is end April or early May, we will wait for his decision before deciding if we need to chose a new male lead.”
It’s a tragic 2008 thus far for Lee Dong Gun having announcing his break-up with his girlfriend Han Ji Hye not too long ago and being expelled from school. Lee Dong Gun is apparently very close to his brother and this must be a very painful period for him. May his brother rest in peace and bring great sense of hope and peace to the family as well. Be strong!