Award-winning South Korean actress Kang Soo-yeon dies aged 55

AWARD-winning South Korean actress Kang Soo-Yeon has passed away at the age of 55.

The pioneering film star was admitted to hospital on Thursday in Seoul after being found unconscious at home.

Kang Soo-Yeon has tragically passed away at the age of 55


Kang Soo-Yeon has tragically passed away at the age of 55Credit: Getty

She tragically suffered a cardiac arrest and died two days later in hospital, Soompi reported.

Kang, known as Korea’s “first world star”, sadly never regained consciousness after she was discovered unresponsive.

She was surrounded by her loved ones when she passed away on Saturday.

A funeral has reportedly been scheduled for May 11. 

The 55-year-old had been set to make a comeback later this year after starring in a Netflix sci-fi movie.

Jung_E is set in a dystopian future in which Earth is no longer habitable, although small groups survive in shelters.

Kang took on the role of a savvy scientist tasked with producing a robotic replica of a legendary mercenary featuring a cloned version of her brain.

She first rose to fame in the 80s and went on to bag best actress at the Venice International Film Festival in 1986 for her part in The Surrogate Woman.

She was the first Korean woman to win a major film festival award.

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