S. Korea Singer Bids Farewell To Late Family Members

The leader of popular South Korean boy band Super Junior bade farewell Wednesday to his father and grandparents, who died in a suspected murder-suicide this week.

Local TV footage showed LeeTeuk, dressed in a black suit and tie, crying when other Super Junior members moved a coffin to a black limousine at a Seoul hospital Wednesday before leaving for a crematorium.

South Korean media reports said LeeTeuk’s grandparents were found dead in bed at their home Monday, while his father was hanging by a robe wrapped around his neck. The reports cited unidentified police officers as saying LeeTeuk’s father left a note suggesting he committed suicide after strangling his parents.

“I will go to the heaven with my parents,” LeeTeuk’s father was quoted as saying in the note, according to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

According to the newspaper, the 30-year-old star’s father had been suffering from depression and economic difficulties while living with his parents, both of whom were suffering from dementia. He divorced his wife in 1998.

Police said Wednesday that they couldn’t confirm the reports.

LeeTeuk, whose real name is Park Jeong-su, has been serving mandatory military service since October 2012 and was given emergency leave to attend the funerals, according to the reports.

Super Junior, known for their boyishly polished looks and synchronized dance routines, has enjoyed heartthrob status across Asia amid increasing popularity of South Korean pop culture in the region and elsewhere.

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Chamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

The band, which debuted in 2005, gained wider fame in Asia in 2010 after a YouTube video clip showing a group of dancing Thai policemen impersonating its members became a sensation. The officers shimmied and swung their hips in the five-minute video spoof of the band’s hit song “Sorry Sorry.”