It’s the 15th anniversary of the late actor Lee Eon’s passing.
Lee Eon (real name Park Sang-min) tragically passed away on August 21, 2008, in a motorcycle accident at the age of 27.
At around 1:20 AM on that day, after concluding the final episode of KBS2’s “Strongest Chil Woo,” Lee Eon was riding his motorcycle back home when he collided with a guardrail at Hannam intersection, resulting in his sudden death.
Starting as a former wrestler, Lee Eon began his career as a model. He transitioned into acting in 2006, building on his background as a wrestler, and he made his official acting debut through the movie “Like a Virgin.”
He gained recognition through the movie “Like a Virgin,” but it was in 2007’s MBC drama “Coffee Prince” where he played the role of Hwang Min-yeop that he became widely known. He received much love from the audience.
He continued his acting career by appearing in other kdramas after that.
In 2020, actors Gong Yoo and Kim Jae Wook mentioned Lee Eon in the MBC documentary about “Coffee Prince.”
Recording for the documentary took place on August 21, which was the anniversary of Lee Eon’s passing. Gong Yoo, who heard the news about Lee Eon while serving in the military, said, “He was a very manly friend. Despite being capable of doing so much more after ‘Coffee Prince,’ it’s regretful that he couldn’t showcase more.” Gong Yoo also shared that he and Kim Jae Wook were both so emotionally overwhelmed at the funeral home that they couldn’t hold back their tears.
Kim Jae Wook mentioned, “He was strict with me. We were from the same agency and he was my senior in modeling. Every year around this time, when it comes to August 21st, the day he left, I think of him. He was someone who had so much he wanted to do.”