He was embroiled in a corruption scandal and that may have forced him to take his own life.

A string of high-profile figures, including a former president and business executives, have killed themselves in recent years, making South Korea one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries.

The latest was a lawmaker - Roh Hoe-chan, of the small opposition Justice Party, who was found dead near a Seoul apartment building on Monday morning.

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According to Yonhap news agency, Roh leapt to his death from the building after leaving a suicide note saying he feels sorry to his family.

Roh faced an investigation over an allegation that he received money from a man jailed over a corruption scandal.

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He felt his reputation has been dented, and consequently committing suicide.

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