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H1N1 Influenza A Claims Lee Kwang-ki's Only Son

2009/11/08 Source

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Lee Kwang-ki's only son died from H1N1 influenza A, according to the actor's agent, Sunday.

The seven-year-old had suffered from a long-standing cough and was taken to hospital Friday evening, but died Sunday morning.

There was confusion over the cause of death ― the agent first said that the child died of pneumonia and that his influenza A test was negative.

But, hours later, they said that Lee's son had tested positive, as the result came belatedly.

As with many flu cases, the child seemed to be recovering after being hospitalized but his condition grew worse Sunday morning. His time of death was around 10 a.m.

The news of Lee's death brought sorrow to friends and fans, as the elder Lee had been living as "goose father" for the past two years, while his wife took their son to the Philippines to help him learn English. They returned recently, not fulfilling their original plan of a five-year stay, mostly because Lee missed his son, according to reports.

Starting as a child actor, Lee is having his personal renaissance as a comedian, enjoying popularity for the dramas and movies he has appeared in. The 40-year-old also dabbled with a singing career, releasing his first single "Smile Smile" early this year.

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