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Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon, Who Was Found Dead, Has Left A Death Note

Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon, Who Was Found Dead, Has Left A Death Note

The Mayor of the South Korean capital of Seoul, Park Won-soon, who was found dead on Friday night, apologized to all citizens and his family in his death note and asked to be cremated, Yonhap News Agency reports.

According to the Agency, a source from the city administration on Friday passed the contents of the note to the hospital of Seoul University, where the Mayor's body was transported after its discovery and where a place for remembrance was arranged.

The Mayor's suicide message was found on a table in his office at the official residence on Thursday.

"I feel sorry to everyone. I thank everyone who has been with me in my life," the note said.

On Thursday evening, the Mayor's daughter reported him missing, saying that her father had left the house four or five hours ago, "leaving a note that looked like a will," and turned off the phone. The Seoul city administration also reported that Park Won-soon canceled all of his schedules that day due to"unavoidable circumstances." After that, the police began a large-scale search using drones and police dogs.

Sixty-four-year-old Park Won-soon was found dead in the forest of mount Pugaksan near his official residence in Central Seoul shortly after midnight. Police said there were no signs of violent death, adding that they plan to investigate the exact cause of the Mayor's death.

The funeral is scheduled for Monday and will last five days according to a special schedule for the Mayor's burial. Funerals in South Korea usually last three days. Sources told the Agency that President Moon Jae-in plans to send a wreath of flowers to Park Won-soon's funeral. They are also due to be visited by the head of the presidential administration, Noh Yong-Min, and the President's senior Secretary for political Affairs, Kang Ni-Joon.

SBS reported, citing police sources, that the former Secretary of the missing Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, filed a lawsuit against him for harassment the day before his disappearance. The girl provided evidence in the form of correspondence with the mayor and stated that there are other victims besides her.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, police officers declined to comment on the case, including whether a lawsuit was filed. Under South Korean law, the case was automatically dismissed after the Mayor's death.

Park Won-soon was considered a likely presidential candidate for the ruling United democratic party in the 2022 election.

He was the longest-serving Mayor of Seoul, having been elected in 2011 and then re-elected in 2014 and 2018. His current term was due to end in 2022.

Until the next mayoral election in April 2021, Park Won-soon will be replaced by Vice-mayor for administrative Affairs So Chong-Hyep. At the briefing, he said that the Mayor's office plans to continue to implement the course of Park Won-soon and all planned decisions.