Three photos that Choi Jin Shil took for a CF before she ended her life on 2nd October, last Thursday was released to the public yesterday.
Choi Jin Shil was at a studio in Kangnam on the afternoon of 1st October. She was there to film a print advert for Ildong Pharmaceuticals promoting their vitamin supplements. Wearing a white shirt and grey blouse, no one would have predicted that Choi Jin Shil who was wearing a smile throughout the photoshoot would have chosen to end her life just a few hours later.
But Choi Jin Shil did stop in the middle of the shooting, citing that she wasn’t feeling well especially with regards to her face which wasn’t in the best condition. The day before (30th September), she apparently received a call from a female employee of a local securities firm that spread the rumors of her being involved in Ahn Jae Hwan’s suicide. And in the aftermath, Choi Jin Shil was severely affected by the fast-spreading rumors and cried the whole night, resulting in her less than ideal condition the following day.
This is her last-ever work to see daylight. Her suicide by death seems to be affecting many in Korea who might be thinking of suicide but did not have the courage to do so. They are thinking, “Even she with her status, etc can commit suicide, I of lesser status, what of I?” Her high-profile status plus the extended media coverage has made the dire situation even worse. Even Time Magazine has covered her death while two lesser-known artistes have reportedly commited suicide over the past few days. I don’t know what to say.
What of Choi Jin Shil’s children? Her two young children still doesn’t realize that their mother is gone. They are currently staying in Choi Jin Young’s house and looked after by family members. During the course of Choi Jin Shi’s funeral, her children was settled down in the house of the earlier’s favourite hair stylist.
Choi Jin Shi’s son (7) and daughter (5) has been asking for their mother after not seeing her for the past few days, “Miss mum”, “Why is mum in heaven”. Their family members have been telling them that Choi Jin Shil has gone to heaven as an angel to pick stars and they are believing it for now.
According to Choi Jin Shil’s close friends, “They are still young and don’t quite understand what it (death) means. So they just told the children that she has become an angel and is now in heaven. It’s heartbreaking when you see them. The children will be looked after by Choi Jin Young and their granny.”