Park was only 36 years old. She was found dead with her mother on November 2 “at a house in Mapo-gu, western Seoul,” the Korean news site reported, citing police.
The cause of death is unclear, but The Korea Herald reported that she was “under treatment for a medical condition” that the publication didn’t name. Later reports said that police found a suicide note that may have been written by Park’s mother.
“Thank you for making everyone around you especially NCT feel welcome with kindness and always made sure people around you feel comfortable. You will always be remembered. You’ve been a great MC to NCT and other artists,” a fan wrote on Twitter, one of many tributes to Park. People repeated Park’s wisdom, with one writing, “Park Ji Sun once said, if you don’t like someone, don’t spend your energy on that and just use your energy for the people and things you like instead.”
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Park’s Father Alerted Authorities
It was Park’s father who alerted authorities when Park and her mother didn’t answer their phones, The Korea Herald reported. Park’s mother had been staying with her after Park was treated for an undisclosed medical condition, the outlet reported, and her father and police later found them dead.
Police said they did not find “external injuries” to either party, according to The Korea Herald.
According to Soompi, they were both found around 1:44 p.m. Korea Standard Time. According to that site, “no signs of homicide were found, and the exact cause of death is still being investigated.”
Fans offered tributes to Park on social media. “Rest in peace to our mc noona, park ji sun thank you so much,” wrote one. “MC Park Ji Sun has unfortunately passed on. She was loved by many and especially treasured by many NCTzens for being known to be a huge fan while MCing with them. Rest in peace, you will be missed,” wrote another. “Park Ji Sun, our Park Shawol, you’ll be really missed,” wrote another heartbroken fan. “May your soul rest in peace :((((.”
KoreaBoo reported that police found a suicide note that they believe was written by Park’s mother. The two women were discovered “lying motionless” together, according to the site.
If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, don’t give up. Help is available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Park Found Fame as a Comedian
According to Soompi, Park first broke through as a comedian in 2007 on the Korean Broadcasting System. After that time, she was on variety shows and acted as a host for “events such as press conferences and showcases,” the site reported.
According to Rappler, Park studied education at an “elite Korea University” but audiences appreciated her “down-to-earth and self deprecating humor.” She often acted out the role of a woman “repeatedly rejected on a date,” the site reported.
“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, according to Rappler.