South Korea’s MBC Plus Sports anchorwoman Song Ji Sun committed suicide by jumping from her 19th floor apartment in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul, at 1.44 pm KST today.
Song, 30, was found unconscious and bleeding by a janitor of the building and was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Song hit the media spotlight on May 7 when a posting on her Tweeter, implying her intention to commit suicide, prompted police officers and 119 emergency workers to rush to her residence. In a later posting, she denied writing the first posting, although admitting that she contemplated killing herself over personal issues.
Song had been ensnared in a love scandal with professional baseball player Im Tae Hoon, for which she was suspended temporarily from the announcer’s role on a daily baseball program on MBC Sports Plus. MBC Sports Plus was scheduled to announce punishment measures against her regarding the scandal yesterday afternoon.
In a recent interview with a local media outlet, Song admitted that she had been dating the 23-year-old pitcher for the Seoul-based Doosan Bears, for one and a half years. However, the Doosan Bears claimed the love affair between Im and Song was not true and that Im Tae Hoon just wanted to be fully devoted to baseball. Im, demoted to the Bears’ minor league team after the scandal made tabloid headlines, returned to his original position on the Bears yesterday.
The hurt and feelings of humiliation arising from the scandal may have deeply depressed Song, triggering her suicide.
After Song’s death, the internet has been abuzz with postings criticizing Im Tae Hoon and holding him responsible for Song’s death.
On the 7th of this month, Song had written, “If you cannot take me to you, please at least give me strength. My heart is in such pain, I am already on my third sleeping pill.”
Her last post written on the 21st of this month read, “I am steering clear of the internet lately. My words… I am so sorry. I’m not that good with computers so I don’t know how to delete my account. I’d first like to tweet my apology. I’m so sorry, but really, my Cyworld isn’t the truth. I’ll reveal the truth soon.”
Another life has ended so tragically. …… our society has once again pushed another pretty Korean woman off a cliff.
RIP, Song Ji Sun!