April 26, 1979|
|Died||November 18, 2005
Astor Place, East Village, Manhattan, New York City, United States
|Alma mater||Ewha Womans University
|Revised Romanization||Lee Yun-hyeong|
Lee Yoon-hyung (Korean: 이윤형 Lee Yun-hyeong, Korean pronunciation: [ijunhjʌŋ]; April 26, 1979 – November 18, 2005) was a South Korean millionaire and daughter of Samsung Group chief Lee Kun-hee. She committed suicide by hanging herself in her Astor Place apartment in the East Village, Manhattan on November 18, 2005.
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Ms. Lee was a graduate of Ewha Woman's University in Seoul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French language and French literature. She was a first-year graduate student at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University enrolled in arts management.
In 2003, it was revealed that she owned $191 million of Samsung stock.
Her cause of death was originally reported in both American and South Korean newspapers as a car crash due to the social stigma against suicide, but the actual details were subsequently published after inquiries by reporters from The Korea Times. At the time of her death, Ms. Lee was a graduate student at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and her father was in the United States undergoing treatment for lung cancer. A doorman at her building told reporters that she sometimes stayed in her apartment for a week at a time, and there were reports that her father had forbidden her to marry her Korean boyfriend. At the time of her death, Ms. Lee had a personal fortune of more than £100m ($157 million).
She was survived by her parents, her older brother, Lee Jae-yong, and two older sisters, Lee Boo-jin and Lee Seo-hyun. Her parents did not attend her funeral, which is customary in South Korea when the child did not marry.
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