Her death is the latest in a series of high profile suicides in a country that has seen a higher proportion of its citizens take their own lives than any other developed nation.
Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst South Koreans in their 20s and 30s and the number four cause overall.
In 2005 police say more than 14,000 South Koreans committed suicide.
The growth of the internet is blamed by some as a factor, for helping people find ways to kill themselves. But S
"The gap between rich and poor is widening," says Park Won-Suk, a civic activist.
"What is striking is that we have a lot more poor. They have income, but 15 per cent of the population in
South Korean brands have become household names and the country is one of the biggest producers of TV's in the world. Samsung, for example, is the biggest seller in the
But for four out of the last five years the economy has suffered and when that happens it can prove devastating.
With growing numbers of poor, especially among the old, food kitchens have become an increasingly common sight across
Telephone helplines have found
themselves in high demand
Faced with an ageing population and a falling birthrate
Lifeline, a South Korean charity providing 24 phone counselling to people considering suicide, has seen demand for its services soar.
Kim Yeun-Eun, one of the Lifeline counsellors, says his office alone receives around 100 calls a day.
People in their 40s, the head of households with a lot of responsibilities are top of the list, he says.
For those in their 20s and 30s a growing cause of death is suicide and now the rates of suicide of teenagers has been increasing as well.
Some groups have offered novel
but short-term solutions
Hospitals report rising number of cases of young people with slashed wrists or in need of having their stomachs pumped having taken an overdose of drugs.
Property prices in the capital,
Faced with rising prices, high unemployment, a welfare system which cannot keep pace, record numbers of South Koreans are succumbing to depression.
"We don't have enough anti suicide centres and hotlines to cope," says psychiatrist Han Chang-hwan.
"The psychiatric field and the government are trying to come up with measures to help, but so far they haven't worked."
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