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Jeong Da-bin (March 4, 1980 – February 10, 2007) was a South Korean actress. She played a leading role in several TV shows and movies before committing suicide in 2007 at the age of 26.

Early life and career [edit]Edit

Born Jeong Hye-seon in Seoul, Jeong attended Yongdok Girls High School and Gongguk University. There, she majored in drama for two years. In Taiwan, she gained popularity in playing schoolgirl types, especially for her miniseries Korean Wave. Jeong's first breakout role was in the film Land of Ginkgo in 2000, in which she starred with Kim Yoon Jin.

In 2004, she starred in the Korean comedy He Was Cool, playing a high school girl.

Death [edit]Edit

In 2007 while staying at her boyfriend's apartment in Seoul, she committed suicide by hanging herself; she was discovered by her boyfriend in the bathroom, with a towel wrapped around her neck. While no apparent suicide note was left behind, an entry in her on-line blog shortly before her death indicated she was suffering from depression. Jeong's last diary entry read:

Everything is so complicated. I get angry for no reason and I feel like I’m going crazy. It hurts so much that I feel like I’m getting sea sick. My head hurts so much that I start to tear. I was becoming a slave of my temper. I thought that I was losing myself, losing my identity… Then at that moment, as if I was getting an electric shock, I found peace. God came to me with love. He made me realize my importance and gave me courage. He lifted me up and he said it’s going to be okay. I’m okay.

She was found dead the morning of February 10, 2007, a few weeks before her 27th birthday. Some Korean media sources cited depression as the reason. The evening before her death, she signed an autograph for the manager of the hof, her and a small group of friends were drinking at, with the words "be happy." 

Filmography [edit]Edit

Movies

Television

  • New Nonstop (2002, 26 episodes)
  • Trio (삼총사 ) (2002, 17 episodes)
  • The Full Sun (2003)
  • Nonstop 3 (2003, 303 episodes)
  • Attic cat (옥탑방 고양이) (2003, 16 Episodes)
  • My 19 Year Old Sister-in-Law (형수님은 열아홉) (2004, 16 Episodes)
  • Typhoon in that Summer (그 여름의 태풍) (2005, 30 episodes)

Music Video

  • Sarang Ahn Hae (I don't love you) by Baek Jiyoung music video (2007)

Awards [edit]Edit

  • Best Actor – Sitcom at MBC Awards (2002)
  • Best New Actor at MBC Awards (2003)
  • New Star Award at SBS Awards (2004)

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