The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, who died on July 9, apologized to citizens and family in his suicide note and bequeathed to cremate his body. The Yonhap Agency provides the text of the note.
“I’m sorry, everyone. Thank you to everyone who has been around in my life. I apologize to my family, to whom I have only caused pain. Please cremate my body and spread the ashes over my parents ‘grave,” the message reads.
The mayor of Seoul was reported missing on July 9 by his daughter. She told the police that she could not contact her father for five hours, and told them about the note he had left, which looked like a will. The city government reported that the politician did not show up for work that day due to ill health and canceled all planned business. Law enforcement agencies analyzed surveillance footage and found that the mayor left his residence in Central Seoul at 10.44 am and arrived at Pugaksan Park in The center of the South Korean capital 15 minutes later.
The police organized a search operation involving hundreds of police officers, dogs, and drones. It lasted about seven hours, the body of the 64-year-old mayor without signs of violent death was found only at midnight. A bag, water bottle, cell phone, writing materials, and the mayor’s business card were found next to the body.
Park Won-soon’s body was taken to the morgue at Seoul national University hospital, and his supporters waited outside the hospital, some crying and shouting: “Get up, Park Won-soon,” “We love you, Park Won-soon” and “Forgive us, Park Won-soon,” Yonhap reports.
The mayor of Seoul disappeared shortly after being accused of sexual harassment by the mayor’s Secretary. According to her, they began when she joined the mayor’s office in 2017. Park Won-soon allegedly sent a subordinate his intimate photos, as well as physically harassed her.
A member of the ruling Democratic Party, Park Won-soon, has served as mayor of Seoul since 2011 and was considered a potential candidate for the 2022 presidential election.
Before becoming mayor, Park Won-soon was a well-known lawyer in South Korea, in which status he won the first sexual harassment case in the Republic’s history. He fought for civil rights and also sought compensation for women who were forced to work in military brothels during the Japanese occupation.