South Korea Shocked Again with Ahn Jae Hwan Suicide

Korean entertainer Ahn Jae Hwan (36) decomposed body was discovered at 9.20am today inside his SUV. Police have classified this as suicide and are now investigating the actual motives that led to him taking this unfortunate path.

Jung Sun Hee and Ahn Jae Hwan in happier times

Jung Sun Hee and Ahn Jae Hwan in happier times

Ahn Jae Hwan and wife Jung Sun Hee was one of the famous “celebrity couples” in the Korean entertainment industry and had just tied the knot last November after dating for just three months. His suicide is speculated to have come from his repeated failures at business ventures in 2008 or failing health.

One of his business ventures was setting up a movie production company and producing a movie called “Icing” but filming was aborted in May this year due to lack of sponsors and dispute between production staff. Some speculate that it was due to his wife Jung Sun Hee’s statement in April which was indirectly linked by netizens to the mad cow protests, leading to a torrent of abuse directed at the couple. It subsequently led to Jung Sun Hee being suspended and Ahn Jae Hwan’s business to suffer, eventually leading to bankruptcy.

He had actually left home a month ago with his whereabouts unknown and wondered around before apparently killing himself. Eye-witnesses reportedly saw his car parked in the same location without moving for the past three weeks and his body was already in a decomposition state when discovered.

Three notes were left behind where Ahn Jae Hwan expressed his love for his wife, saying sorry to his parents and finally donating the organs in his body if it was discovered in time. Three bottles of soju and two burnt charcoal briquettes were found where he probably died of carbon dioxide inhalation.

Jung Sun Hee fainted upon receiving the news this morning and was admitted to hospital. It was later revealed by police that phone records showed that the last call made by Ahn Jae Hwan was to his wife 18 days ago and it was the last known moment when he was still alive. He is believed to have committed suicide shortly after making his last phone call. What a depressing 2008.

71 thoughts on “South Korea Shocked Again with Ahn Jae Hwan Suicide

  1. omg. poor jung sun hee. she must feel devastated. im really scared for the krn ent industry. too many losses. rip ahn jae hwan.

  2. He should have thought abt his family before doing such a stupid thing.. However bad the situation is..death will never be the answer for me

  3. This is beyond depressing…this is scary.

    They looked so happy….why?! why?! why?!

    Why is Korea becoming a culture signified by death? Korea as a society is crumbling at its base…I hope this is not the tipping point of this generation.

  4. i find it gruesome how he was discovered in a state of decomposition

    RIP, prayers be with friends and family

  5. did he also host ETN news? this is so utterly shocking. unless debt collectors are threatening your life, you should find solutions other than death! (i even know people just fled the country to escape debt! make new life someplace even as fugitive:P…) his young wife has to be under intense pain and shock now! OMG…

  6. wow… there has been so much unfortunate events lately… it’s really sad that something like this has happened..

    it’s shocking to find out that his body was already decomposing when discovered… really shocking….

    rest in peace

  7. This was definitely shocking! And they were just married less than a year ago….

    Jung Sun Hee must be deeply affected by this. And she always seemed like a humorous and happy person too.

    I don’t want to talk badly about the deceased, but death is definitely not the answer to any of our problems. Did he not think of the consequences of his actions? How is his wife supposed to cope with this?

    What’s a bit weird though is the fact that he was already missing for 2 weeks and nobody knew. Did his wife not report it to the police?

    Regardless, RIP Ahn Jae Hwan. And I hope that your family and friends are granted the strength to go through this endeavor.

  8. what a shock!!!
    i thought there are happy couple, there are even a mv portray them as a model, what a pity her wife must be sad,
    anyway just a remainder think before u act and one more things the number of new artist in korea i think now are equal with the number of dead artist.
    such a pity.

  9. I love Jung Sun Hee! she’s so hilarious and always bringing laughter to everyone..this news is really tragic.. i can’t imagine how painful Sun Hee must be right now.
    it really makes me sad to read these suicide news.. it makes me wonder that life in korea must be really tough… dont they ever rest?

  10. I feel bad for Jung Sun Hee! Although we don’t know the details, it sure seems as if Ahn Jae Hwan was a coward. And how can you forgive such a person who leaves behind his family because of such a thing.

  11. I find it strange that his wife never reported him missing, and his body had already decomposed.

    Seem his relationship with his wife is not all rosy too.

  12. this is so sad,but at the back of my mind i can help thinking “How selfish”. Im just glad that they didn’t have any kids together,because that would be extremely sad.

  13. its really a sad news i just don’t get it !!! their are people who want to live but didn’t get a chance and died in an accident like LEE ON when some people are taking their life’s because of some problem that can be solve…

    anyways RIP

  14. I think she did tell someone but probaby couldn’t tell a lot since there would be a scandal about how the wife didn’t know where the husband was(Since they were a famous couple). I really hope the press will let her grieve peacefully. RIP

  15. ^ yeah i thought of that too – IRONIC if fame, fear of bad press, actually expedited his downward spiral.

    at first it seemed sad they didn’t even have a child together, but under the circumstances…prolly the best. 😦

  16. also i want to applaud coolsmurf on not posting any of the gruesome photos of the scene. way too sensational, these vultures.

  17. This is just so saaaad..i mean now that he is gone his family and wife has to deal with it. I really can’t judge his action cuz that would be wrong but i totally feel sad for the wife.
    R.I.P

  18. omg when i read this
    i couldnt believe this
    jung sun hee doesnt deserve this
    she is the happiest person
    and so is ahn jae hwan
    im about to cry

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  20. look up korea and suicide on google and it will give more than 5 million results. i even read something about cybersuicide pacts for pete’s sake! i hope the entertainment industry and the korean society wake up and act on this as a collective because this is obviously something their government cannot take on alone.

    no more futile, tragic deaths, korea!

  21. I really like jung sun hee from heroine 6, she is really funny.

    Anyways, best of luck to her. She is already depressed enough frome being banned and now she has to face this.

  22. ohmy. not another one. ;____________;

    RIP Ahn Jae Hwan. =((

    Jung Sun Hee unnie, I hope she’ll gain strength somehow.

    Such a depressing year. .__________.

  23. I thought Ahn Jae Hwan’s face was so familiar… And yeah I’ve seen him in Snow Flower. This is so depressing.

    He and his wife looked happy together. This shouldn’t have happened. Hope Jung Sun Hee get through this soon.

    RIP, Ahn Jae Hwan

  24. such horrible news….

    my mom told be that ahn jae hwan had a lot of debt and said that the suicide rates for korean businessmen who carry debt is super high in korea. i seriously hope he did not end his life because of his money problems…wow…it’s hard to take this all in right now…

    i can’t imagine how his wife must be feeling right now…

    my heart goes out to his family and friends.

    Rest in Peace Ahn Jae Hwan

    you will be deeply missed

  25. RIP, this is very sad to see. I hope his wife doesn’t consider death as well. Too many deaths in the Korean Ent industry its getting a bit scary now.

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  27. That’s horrible. I feel so bad for Jung Sun Hee. I really liked her. I don’t really know much about her husband though…but may he rest in peace.

  28. He’s so selfish leaving his wife & family like this. He inherited his debt to them. I feel sorry for them. They gotta stay strong in order to survive. 😦

  29. Omg, this is terrible. I’m also wondering why his wife didn’t report him missing… Perhaps he said he’d be away for a while and to not look for him…

  30. in the korean newspaper it said it was mainly due to financial and money problems and he had problems with loans etc.
    and now since he’s gone i think his wife will have to repay the loans for him =__=

  31. Not having money/ being in debt is perhaps the most scariest way to live, you’re not sure about your future and it’s hard just thinking of getting up the next morning…. *sadness* wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have money?? Yeah, people say that having lots of it doesn’t mean long-staying happiness but it sure makes misery more bearable…. “God, help us all, we’re all your children.”

  32. once the person dies, there’s nothing to pay off for him, at least that’s how I understand it. and i’m just referring to one of the comments made above.

  33. At that one moment we all believe that no one is hurting as much as us or that life can’t get better but the funny thing about pain is that it doesn’t stay long in your memory. Debt is reversible but death is not.

  34. There were pictures of his car with the burn marks etc… and his wife passed out on a stretcher posted all over the internet. It is really sad that they will not have any privacy while grieving.

  35. Oh, that is absolutely awful! 2008 has had many unfortunate deaths. I sure hope that his wife will be able to somehow get past this, though it will be undoubtedly difficult. Wow, I’m just at a loss for words. So sad.

  36. I hate 2008.
    To many deaths.
    I’m to shock for words.
    They were such a cute couple.
    My prays goes to Sunhee and hopes she can pull through this.

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  38. but i heard that his wife Sunhee are free from the all the dept coz they not registered as man and wife…so i do think that maybe he really love the wife and want to free her from the problem…RIP…
    hope no more bad news from now on…
    wish all the best for everybody….love ur self and the one who love u…

  39. I’m really feeling so so so sad to read this, I remembered that this Korean couple are the first couple that I actually love to see most, seriously. They were so so so loving to one another. Now, I pray that Sun Hee will be tough, though it would be hard, we all love her.. R.I.P, JaeHwan

  40. 2008 has been quite a year for me (in a good way) but it’s obviously the opposite for these stars.
    How I wish he solved the problem in a better way

    RIP Ahn Jae Hwan

    Be strong Jung SunHee.

  41. anyuong uhmmm… your spelling of anyuong its spelled like annyeong.. anyways.. to the point Stay strong and good to Jung Sun Hee… RIP AJH

  42. I think she did tell someone but probaby couldn’t tell a lot since there would be a scandal about how the wife didn’t know where the husband was(Since they were a famous couple). I really hope the press will let her grieve peacefully. RIP
    I offer my condolence to his family and my they forgive him and remember the joy he once brought them.

  43. Thanks you very much..
    my mom told be that ahn jae hwan had a lot of debt and said that the suicide rates for korean businessmen who carry debt is super high in korea. i seriously hope he did not end his life because of his money problems…wow…it’s hard to take this all in right now…

  44. Not having money/ being in debt is perhaps the most scariest way to live, you’re not sure about your future and it’s hard just thinking of getting up the next morning….

  45. There were pictures of his car with the burn marks etc… and his wife passed out on a stretcher posted all over the internet. It is really sad that they will not have any privacy while grieving.

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