Legendary movie star Kang Soo-youn, the first Korean and Asian celebrity to win the prestigious Best Actress award at the Venice International Film Festival, was laid to rest in Seoul, Wednesday, after passing due to cerebral hemorrhage.
The emotional funeral service started at 10 a.m. at Samsung Medical Center’s funeral hall in southern Seoul. It was attended by approximately 100 family members, close friends, and colleagues in the film industry.
The 55-year-old actress was found unconscious at her residence in Seoul by the first responders on Thursday, May 5. Medics declared that she suffered from cardiac arrest after passing because of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was immediately rushed to the nearby Gangnam Severance Hospital where she was admitted to the intensive care unit. She was declared dead two days after receiving medical treatment.
Her remains were cremated before being laid to rest.
During the funeral, the actress’ closest friends cannot help but express their grief over her untimely demise. Actor Yoo Ji-tae, one of the people present during the funeral, said that he wished the event is “just a scene from a movie.” His heartfelt speech had to be cut short because he cannot speak again due to his emotions.
Meanwhile, former Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) chairman Kim Dong-ho expressed his regret due to the burden Kang Soo-youn received when she became a legendary figure in Korea’s movie industry.
“You’ve lived a hard life wearing the world star crown at the young age of 21,” Kim stated. “You have lived more honorably and more like a star, standing firm to protect your honor and pride. You were the tough, wise and strong head of your family. Showing strong leadership and inclusivity, you have loved younger actors and had them follow in your footsteps with trust.”
Other members of the local and international film industry also paid their last respects to the actress during the eulogy, including Director Im Kwon-taek, Jennifer Jao from the Taipei Film Commission, and Malaysian filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang.
Also in attendance were actors Kim Ah-joong, Jung Woong-in, Ye Ji-won, and Uhm Jung-hwa. Director Yeong Sang-ho, actors Jung Woo-sung and Sul Kyung-gu helped in carrying her coffin out of the funeral hall.
Aside from the heartfelt speeches, mourners became more emotional after a video showcasing the highlights of the actress’ career was played on screen.
After the service, mourners left a banner that said, “Goodbye, a star more beautiful than all the stars in the sky” remained hanging on the wall of the funeral hall.
Source: The Korea Times