South Korean comedian is found dead alongside her mother in suspected suicide

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South Korean comedian is found dead alongside her mother in suspected double suicide following prolonged illness

Park Ji-sun and her mother were found dead at the comedian's home in SeoulThe 36-year-old was reportedly being treated for an unspecified illnessPark's father contacted the police after the pair did not answer their phones

By Rachael Bunyan For Mailonline and Afp

Published: 10:40 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 10:42 GMT, 2 November 2020

A prominent South Korean comedian was today found dead at her home in Seoul alongside her mother, according to local media. 

The bodies of Park Ji-sun, 36, and her mother were found by police, Yonhap news agency reported.

Park's father contacted the police after the pair did not answer their phones.

Park was reportedly being treated for an unspecified illness and the Seoul Shinmun newspaper cited a police officer as saying there were 'no signs of outside intrusion or murder'.

The exact causes of death are unknown but police suspect the comedian and her mother have taken their own lives.

South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun was found dead at her home in Seoul alongside her mother on November 2

Suicide is a chronic social problem in highly competitive South Korea and the leading cause of death for people aged between 10 and 39, according to government data.

More than 13,700 people took their own lives last year.

Park was a graduate of the elite Korea University, where she studied education, but charmed audiences with her down-to-earth and self-deprecating humour - often light-heartedly playing the role of a woman repeatedly rejected on a date.

"I am lucky as a comedian that I can use my face to make people laugh," she said in an interview with the Hankyoreh newspaper.

Several South Korean celebrities have killed themselves in recent years, among them K-pop singers Goo Hara and Sulli, both of whom had been subjected to vicious cyber-bullying, and Kim Jong-hyun of the boyband Shinee.

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