Sportscaster Jumps to Her Death

      May 24, 2011 09:44

      Song Ji-seon

      Song Ji-seon, a presenter on a cable sports channel who made waves early this month with a message on Twitter hinting at plans to kill herself, committed suicide on Monday by jumping from the window of her apartment. She was 30. A security guard found her body in the early afternoon on the floor of a parking lot next to her apartment.

      Police said she apparently leapt from the window of her apartment on the 19th floor. "We found a note on her desk and are checking whether it was a suicide note," a police spokesman said.

      On May 7, Song tweeted she wanted to jump from her window but was too scared, and that it hurt too much to hang herself. The message spread quickly, prompting police to storm into her apartment to rescue her, only to discover her asleep after taking three sleeping pills.

      Song, who hosted a baseball program on the MBC Sports Plus cable channel, was rumored to have been involved in a romantic relationship with Doosan Bears pitcher Im Tae-hoon (23) that went sour. The rumors were sparked by a post on her website detailing their relationship. But in a telephone interview with the Chosun Ilbo at the time, Song said Im was just a friend and the post was put up by a hacker.

      When the rumors refused to subside, Im was demoted to a minor league team, and Song was temporarily suspended from the program.

      In an interview on Sunday, she admitted she met Im in 2008 and the two fell in love. But Im, who returned to the major league on Sunday, continues to deny the relationship.

      Song was due to be told on Sunday what disciplinary steps MBC was going to take over the scandal she caused with the suicide tweet.

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