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Prominent South Korean Lawmaker Leaps to His Death


South Korean police officers arrive for investigation at the site of lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan's death in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 23, 2018.

A prominent South Korean lawmaker under investigation in a corruption scandal has committed suicide.

Yonhap news agency says Representative Roh Hoe-chan, a leader of the left-leaning Justice Party, was found dead near the entrance of an apartment building in central Seoul early Monday morning. Yonhap says the 61-year-old, three-term lawmaker jumped to his death.

Roh was under investigation over allegations he received over $44,000 from a blogger at the center of an online opinion-rigging scandal. Yonhap says Roh left a suicide note in his apartment admitting to accepting money, but denying any wrongdoing.

He also apologized to his family in the note.

Independent counsel Huh Ik-bum expressed his condolences about the tragedy in a press conference just hours after Roh's suicide.

South Korea has one of the world's highest suicide rates.Victims include disgraced politicians and business executives. One of the most prominent figures in recent years to commit suicide was former President Roh Moo-hyun, who jumped to his death in 2009 over a corruption scandal.

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