Suicide Suspected in Death of Model Daul Kim

20-year-old South Korean beauty had popular blog, video diary
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 6:35 AM CST
Updated Nov 20, 2009 10:57 AM CST
In this photo taken on Feb. 2, 2009, South Korean model Daul Kim presents at Swarovski S/S Collection in Seoul, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Han Mi-hee)
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(Newser) – Police officially suspect suicide in the death of top South Korean model Daul Kim, who was discovered hanged in her Paris apartment yesterday. Kim’s boyfriend found the 20-year-old Fashion Week regular, the AP reports, and sources tell New York she committed suicide. Also a popular video diarist and blogger, Kim’s last post is titled, “say hi to for ever,” and in earlier entries she wrote that she was “lonely,” “mad depressed and overworked.”

Kim, known for her thick and sometimes dyed hair, modeled for Chanel, among other top brands. She was also a painter who had a solo art show in Seoul. “She was a top model and a great friend to all of us at Next,” said her agency in a statement; a rep added that Kim’s mother would arrive in Paris today. If it was suicide, Kim is the ninth Korean celebrity to take her life in little more than a year, Gawker notes.