Gone too soon. Veteran actress Kim Ja Ok has passed away at 63, after a long-suffering battle with lung cancer.
A spokesman at Agency Soul Jacker revealed last night, November 16, that the iconic screen star was admitted to hospital last week due to lung cancer and ultimately lost her battle with the disease a few days later.
It is reported that the actress was initially diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2008 but that it had spread to her lungs and lymph nodes.
Kim enjoyed a prolific acting career in Korea since debuting in 1970, appearing in the nation’s top TV drama’s and even in tvN’s recent hit show Sisters Over Flowers. The multi-talented star even enjoyed a sensational spike of popularity in music when she endeavored in singing – successfully – with her song “Princess is Lonely” in 1996.
In 2012 it was reported that the onscreen talent had to quit her role as Park Yoochun‘s great aunt in Rooftop Prince due to “deteriorating health”.
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A memorial service for Kim Ja Ok will be held at Seoul’s St. Mary’s Hospital where many industry icons are expected to pay their respects.