South Korean actress Yoo Joo-eun, best known for her appearances in the shows “Big Forest” (2018) and “Joseon Survival Period” (2019), died by apparent suicide on Monday. She was 27 years old.
Her older brother confirmed the tragic news through her personal Instagram account, which has now been deactivated.
“On August 29, 2022, Joo-eun left this world to go to a comfortable place. For those who have the time, please say farewell to Joo-eun on her way. As per Joo-eun’s last request, I am sharing this post,” he wrote as per Korean media outlet Soompi.
The actress’ farewell letter, which began with an apology to her loved ones and gratitude for their love and support, was shared by the actress’ brother.
“I am sorry for leaving first. I am especially sorry to Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Oppa [older brother] My heart screams that I don’t want to live. Life without me may be empty, but please live on bravely. I will keep watch of everything. Don’t cry. You’ll be hurt,” Yoo Joo-eun wrote.
“I’m not sad at all in the slightest right now. I feel resolute and calm. I think it’s because I have thought of this for a long time. I’ve lived such a happy life that was more than I deserved. That’s why, it is enough for me. This is enough. So please live without placing blame on anyone. I’m not dead, so everyone, please live well. I hope many people are called to my funeral, and I want to see everyone for the first time in a while and check in on anyone who is having a hard time,” she added.
Yoo Joo-eun also wrote about her love for acting, calling it a “gift and a curse.”
“I always wanted to do acting. Maybe it was everything to me or just a small part of me. But it turned out that pursuing this career was very difficult. I didn’t want to do anything else, and it was excruciating,” she wrote.
“God loves me, so he won’t send me to hell. He will understand my feelings and care for me going forward. That’s why, everyone, don’t worry. And to all my loving family and friends and my loves. Thank you so much for treasuring me and loving me. That was my strength and my smile. I lived with unforgettable memories until the end, so I think I’ve lived a successful life,” she added.
“Thank you for understanding and embracing me who was lacking and impatient. I’m sorry I can’t express it well. But you’ll still understand how I feel, right? And to all those precious relationships I’ve made, especially the teachers, I was so grateful, and I respected you all. Thank you so much for teaching me the many things in life. Mom, Dad, I love you. Don’t cry. Please,” the actress wrote.
Yoo Joo-funeral eun’s will be held at the Ajou University Hospital in Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, on Wednesday ( August 31).