March 09, 2009 10:55
Actress Jang Ja-yeon was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday evening in what appears to be suicide. Jang (29) had been appearing in the hugely popular TV drama "Boys Over Flowers" on KBS.
Police said that Jang's older sister found the actress hanged on stairs to the second floor of her home. She said she called her sister several times but got no answer, so she went to her home to check.
Jang lived with her sister and younger brother since she lost her parents in a car accident about 10 years ago. She made her debut as a commercial model in 2006, and recently took the role of the bad girl harassing heroine in "Boys over Flowers."
Police believe she committed suicide since her family testified she had been treated for depression for a year and the fact there was no evidence of foul play.
About 250,000 fans visited her website to express their condolences on Saturday and 700,000 on Sunday.
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