The Korean entertainment industry and fans around the world are mourning the loss of Na Chul, a talented actor who appeared in various movies and TV shows, including the popular Netflix series Vincenzo. Na Chul passed away on January 21, 2023, while undergoing treatment for his health issues at a hospital in Seoul. He was only 36 years old.
A Brief Overview of Na Chul’s Career
Na Chul made his acting debut in 2010 with the play Anne’s Diary. He then went on to star in several films, such as Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, 1987: When The Day Comes, Extreme Job, and Sinkhole. He also appeared in many K-dramas, such as Touch Your Heart, Happiness, Through the Darkness, and D.P.
However, he gained more recognition and popularity for his role as Na Deok-Jin in Vincenzo, a Netflix series that starred Song Joong-Ki and Jeon Yeo-Bin. He played a loyal and humorous member of the Geumga Plaza community who helped the titular character fight against a powerful conglomerate.
He also impressed viewers with his performance as the villain in Weak Hero Class 1, a drama based on a webtoon about high school students who struggle with bullying and violence. He portrayed a ruthless and charismatic leader of a gang who terrorized his peers.
His latest work was Little Women, another Netflix series directed by Kim Hee-Won and starring Kim Go-Eun, Nam Ji-Hyun, and Park Ji-Hu. He made a guest appearance as a charming and kind-hearted doctor who had a crush on one of the main characters.
He also completed filming for Concrete Utopia, a disaster film that also starred Lee Byung-Hun and Park Seo-Joon. The film is expected to be released later this year.
What Was Na Chul’s Cause of Death?
According to Star News Korea, Na Chul’s cause of death was related to his recent illness. He had been suffering from deteriorating health for a while and was receiving medical treatment at the hospital. However, his condition worsened and he passed away on the morning of January 21.
The exact details of his illness and cause of death have not been revealed by his family or agency. His funeral was held on January 23 at the Soonchunhyang University Hospital Funeral Home in Seoul.
Many of his co-stars and colleagues expressed their condolences and paid tribute to him on social media. Kim Go-Eun, who worked with him on Little Women, posted a photo of him on her Instagram account and wrote: “The best actor. The most wonderful person, father, husband, son and friend.”
Pierce Conran, a film critic and producer who knew Na Chul personally, tweeted: “He was such a great intuitive actor. Condolences to his family, for whom Seollal will never be the same again. May he rest in peace.”
Fans also shared their grief and admiration for Na Chul online. One fan wrote: “This is so heartbreaking. May his soul rest in peace Na Chul.” Another fan commented: “A wonderful performer who made the simplest moments full of life and character.”
A Legacy That Will Not Be Forgotten
Na Chul was a versatile and charismatic actor who brought joy and inspiration to many people with his roles. He will be remembered for his talent, passion, and kindness. He left behind a legacy that will not be forgotten by his family, friends, fans, and the Korean entertainment industry.
May he rest in peace.