More details have been released regarding the tragic news of Leeteuk's father and grandparents passing away. Although the very first reports had cited a car accident, it was later revealed to be false as police and fire department reps have indicated that the three were found already passed at their home. It's also been mentioned that a note has been found at the scene, which seems to have been written by Leeteuk's father.
On January 7, one of the reps commented, "About 9:26, we were dispatched to one apartment in the jurisdiction of Dongjak. When we arrived at the scene, all three of them had already passed away." The rep revealed that the grandparents were found on the bed already passed away, while Mr. Park was found hanged.
The rep said, "We believe it to be suicide when we looked at the evidence like rigor mortis, discovery of a suicide note, and the hanging." With what is contained in the suicide note, the police believe that Mr. Park had decided to take his parents with him.
According to the family, Mr. Park had been taking care of his parents (Leeteuk's grandparents), who had been suffering from advanced Alzheimer's, by himself for a while. Family members also have mentioned that Mr. Park has been fighting depression, and the police are looking into medical records to confirm this.
Leeteuk and his sister, as well as his other family members and friends, have currently gathered at the wake. SM Entertainment has spoken up to ask for the public to allow the family to grieve in peace.
We once again offer our sincere condolences to all those affected by this tragic event.