South Korean Baseball Commentator Ha Il Sung Dies in Apparent Suicide

Kyung Ho Kim, Sept. 9, 2016, 9:21 a.m.

The beloved former baseball commentator Ha Il-sung was found dead in his office in Seoul on Thursday morning. The 67-year-old was found hanging from a handrail by an employee, according to the police. No suicide note was found, but unsent text messages to his wife, saying "I love you" and "I'm sorry" were found on his cell phone. Police believe he killed himself because his reputation was tarnished by fraud allegations and he was in financial difficulties. 

Ha was over W1 billion in debt after he was conned in a real estate scam a few years ago (US$1=W1,092). In November last year, he was charged for not paying back a W29 million loan from a friend and for accepting a W50 million bribe from another friend who asked him to help his son join a professional baseball team.


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