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A famous choreographer…

… ends his own life.

On February 27, 2011, Park Jung-min, a former idol star and choreographer, was found dead at his girlfriend’s house. The police confirmed that he had hung himself. He was only 37 years old.

Park Jung-min has faced business failures recently, and that is what many sources speculate to be the reason for his suicide. He was a member of the idol group, DND, back in 2000 and was the leader of the dance team, Star System. He has worked as a choreographer for various stars like Se7en, Jang Na-ra, Kim Jong-guk, Big Bang, Song Baek-kyung, and One Two.

Rest in peace, Park Jung-min.

source: Newsen


32 Comments on “A famous choreographer…”

  1. truesay says:

    Oh man…… another one…. can’t even feel pity or anything for these people who take their own lives out of shame not inflicted by other people. I’m sorry but I don’t condone/sympathise with it one bit in such a circumstance. There must be something wrong with their genetic codes. Sickening. My condolences only go out to the families affected, and his girlfriend, of course. Poor thing. Terrible, terrible occurence T^T

    • sweetgirl1990 says:

      I know. I wouldn’t even say RIP when someone actually takes their own life away.

      • Roger says:

        I know what you’re saying… God gives you a statistical improbability, which is a life and then you go and slap that gift back in his face… I understand.

        But from the person with depression’s point of view, all they see is darkness. It’s a pretty horrid experience, so don’t immediately judge them. Besides people in the west used to commit suicide all the time just because they were homosexual and society wasn’t able to accept them.

        I say people need to worry about things less, and worry about people more.. throw all their possessions into a bin.. make their lives simpler.. and do more sports and eat better. Everyone is so pressured to succeed, pressured to own things, pressured to this, pressured to that.. it’s no wonder they pop.

        As a side note, when running in the mornings I nearly ran past a guy who had shot his face off with a shotgun. Thankfully I was ill that day.

  2. AnotherOneBitestheDust says:

    It’s either make it or break it (your neck) for Stars. They just can’t handle returning to a normal life. That is the curse of the business and their egos. Stars and people in general should realize there will always be someone better than you, and you can not be the center of attention all your life. You are just a product for the time.

  3. abundanttempest says:

    Suicide is nothing to be taken lightly, having been affected by it personally. It pains me that someone would have no hope left and choose to do this. Like mentioned before it not only affects them but those who love them. Please, please, please reach out to others with Love because you never know what kind of difference you could make – could mean life or death.

    • Gordon says:

      I think it’s more than just love. This routine within korean culture all seems quite sinister and purposive. Why is nothing done to reduce the stigma associated with mental health in order to help these people and get them early on?

      It seriously just seems like anyone is about to do it… which is just ridiculous.

      My thoughts go to his family. Gosh.

      • abundanttempest says:

        “Love” as I wrote was in reference to the True Love, God. Love is God & God is love. Only God can heal someone mind, body, & soul. He’s the only One who can save someone completely from the feelings of despair that lead to suicide. How do I know? Because I’m one of those people. I’ve witnessed people I’m close to also attempt suicide. I worked with children & teenagers who spout out death threats constantly & some who’ve even tried. Korea does have many who choose this ending. Something needs to be done & I believe that only God can heal this.

        • Gordon says:

          I’m not denying anything you suggest about the metaphysical. Just in our mortal and decidedly physical realm, this is a website devoted to people who worship pop-idols as if they were gods. Koreans generally have no interest in mental health and despair seems to rule supreme. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that they marry a lot of filipinas because flips are massively chilled out and upbeat people, I’m also not surprised they escape the competition and move to USA.

          I just wonder why they think suicide is the best option… as it truly is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

  4. benny says:

    wow what a way to announce some ones death; I thought you were going to ask us to guess who he was. he probably was depressed b… I can’t understand it but I can’t sympathize

  5. American Girl says:

    do they think suicide is gonna solve their problems? i dont understand. its a burden to even know people would do something to themselves. i have no sympathy. this is depressing. we should do something about this.

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  7. ara says:

    popseoul, imho, it would be better if you write such kind of articles in more appropriate way. the tittle at least should be like “RIP , Park Jung Min” , not that riddle type popseoul used to had.

    i’m really sorry for his family and friends. My condolences goes to them. i hope he’ll be good in heaven and please someone do something about this suicide trend. not just in Korea. but in everywhere around the world.

    • Gordon says:

      To be fair to the author, putting ‘another one bites the dust’ would have been more poignant I feel. This is all just massively ridiculous anyways.

      Those people who have ‘suffered’ with mental health issues in the past often realise that a mental ‘injury’ is just the same as a physical injury such as breaking a leg, or twisting an ankle. With the correct treatment, and I’m not just talking about chemical soma-equivalents like they seem to kick out frenziedly in some countries, these people can often come to terms with the fact that they’re just depressed, and life is kinda like that.

      We’re human beings, we’re designed to sit in a cave, waiting for a big walking dinner to come past, and we kill it and take it off to our family for dinner. The fact that we’re now being asked to spend our whole life doing anything we can to comply with the only success measure of the world, which is to ‘make lots of money’ then it’s not surprising people are mentally ill.

      • ara says:

        i agree that it has the probability of a “massive ridiculous” thing, maybe. It’s just that however it is, suicide or death matters, still is a bad news that shan’t taken lightly. that’s what i meant.

        and about nowadays people who’s mentally ill by only having “fortune” as their focus, I totally agree with that. sometimes i feel trapped too, on my daily schedule, working etc to get my bills paid at the end of the month. and i often thought that probably it’s harder for them who blinded by it. whether rich or poor. and some of them taking short cuts like this.
        that is , if it’s really the economic motives.

        we need some help. in general.

        • ara says:

          at least, this is not a light news for his families and friends..
          i feel totally sad when my grandpa was died. and cried a lot. He didn’t suicide, he died because of heart attack at his 70’s.
          still, it’s something i thought hard to accept. Any kind of losing of our family is hard.

  8. KrazyKoreanSuiciders says:

    In 2009 – Korea is in the No. 2 position for the highest suicides with 31.0 per 100,000 people per year. No 1 is Lithuania with 31.5 – don’t know how they count a half a person. Korea sure is competitive and likes to be Number 1 at everything.

  9. blah says:

    I agree with other posters here (Gordon, for once you actually posted a non-racist comment with some substance) that Korean society as a whole needs to reverse our mentality on how we view mental illness. Those who have it need to be helped, not ostracized and eventually driven to the fringes of society. We place too much emphasis on academic and career success, which is stressful enough as is when the economy is booming and jobs are plentiful, but absolutely disastrous when there aren’t enough jobs to go around for even college graduates holding multiple advanced degrees from top notch universities.
    In Korea, the reluctance to admit that one has a mental health problem, or to help those with mental health issues, are culturally rooted within the desire to protect one’s personal “honor” and to save face, and this is a serious underlying issue for not just Korea, but for many other Asian countries. A combination of government programs and resources dedicated to the support and treatment of people with mental health issues, public awareness campaigns that demystify and destigmatize mental illness (use popular Kpop idols for these, they’d do just as well raising awareness on mental health as they do in selling chicken), all of these would go a long ways to helping Korea lower our suicide rate. But perhaps most importantly, the government needs to work hand in hand with our business and academic sectors to alleviate those conditions which make the Korean public think that if we don’t send our children to hawkons 13 hours a day and get them into topnotch universities, they will not be able to get a job. In other words, do much more to provide gainful employment opportunities for the public and not make it such a bloodthirsty competition.

    Korea has come a long way from the days post-Korean war, the fact that we have been able to become an economic and cultural powerhouse in Asia less than 100 years after two back to back wars is something I think which we Koreans can be proud of. But it didn’t come without a cost, and I do agree that the time has come where we need to re-evaluate where we stand as a society and make the changes where they are clearly necessary.

    • I Agree - but be Beware says:

      You are correct when you state ” In Korea, the reluctance to admit that one has a mental health problem, or to help those with mental health issues, are culturally rooted within the desire to protect one’s personal “honor” and to save face, and this is a serious underlying issue for not just Korea, but for many other Asian countries”. I think it is more serious though in Korea.

      Moral of the story is be cautious of the Korea person you marry. I married what I thought was a nice Korean person – the mental issues were hidden for the same reasons as state above. Slowly but surely those mental issue arised and created many problems in the marriage that cost me my marriage and everything that I earned and worked hard for. Did that person & their family fraud me – yes I believe so. Did I love that person yes, but the issues and the craziness was too unbearible that it was extremely affecting my life.

      • blah says:

        I’m sorry you had to go through that. To be fair though, it’s wise to to be cautious of ANY person that you choose to marry, regardless of whether they are Korean or not. I hope you fare better with your next relationship.

      • Roger says:

        Blah is correct.’The darkness’ isn’t applicable to any particular race, we are all susceptible to it, and both women and men decide to suicide in lots of countries. I was reading about how in Japan there is a forest outside of Tokyo called the ‘hidden forest’ where people walk in there and tens of people a day take their own lives. There are trained people who roam the forest and try to prevent it happening and recover the corpses. They go here because they don’t want to be found and to protect their family honour.

        There seems to be a real connection between family honour and people taking their own lives which needs to be stopped. Even in the individualistic western countries, people do seem to still do it, but it’s caused by issues like lack of daylight in Norway, but in the west mental health issues are almost expected and people get the appropriate psychological help.

  10. cholygirl says:

    i hope that this will be the last,so sad to hear this news..

  11. pat says:

    All these people think there is no way out so its better than losing face or shaming family ?
    They need a safe place to go and someone to listen. Are all these people afraid of their parents and elders or their peers? Is failure THAT unacceptable in the culture? so sad. RIP.

    • blah says:

      Unfotunately, I believe that is the case. The reason why they take their lives if because they don’t see a way out. They’ve hit rock bottom, and do not perceive anybody in their circle of family, peers, or even acquaintances, that they can turn to. In all probability, most suicide victims in Korean believe that their honor or “face” has reached zero, and that committing suicide is perhaps a way for them to prevent it from going past zero into the negative realms. It is a sad, tragic situation that needs to be rectified.

  12. Dovey says:

    Wow, this is so sad. I hope I won’t have to read about another slew of suicides this year. 😦

  13. bianca san roman says:

    why did he did that???? i can’t imagine him hanging…….. he is so young…….. he could have his own family……….. i’m so shocked!!!!! but please rest in peace…….. i love him so much……… so sad!!!!!! 😦

  14. --myl says:

    i really dislike how KR neitizens are like this .. it just bugs me .. why end your life .. i know there are failures in life .. but you shouldn’t block the other things that made you happy .. i just don’t know why they have to react and act in this matter ..

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