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Korean star Jeong Da-bin was found dead in an apparent suicide.


South Korean actress Jeong Da-bin, whose body was discovered Saturday, is presumed to have killed herself, police said, in the latest high-profile suicide among celebrities.

Jeong was found hanged in the bathroom of her boyfriend's home in Seoul on Saturday morning, police said in a statement. The two had been drinking together well into early Saturday morning, according to the report.

Police said they were investigating to find an exact cause of the death but declined to give further details, citing the ongoing probe.

The 26-year-old had starred in a movie as well as popular TV sitcoms and dramas, some of which aired across Asia, including China, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam.

In January, pop singer Yuni was found hanged in her apartment in the city of Incheon. In 2005, actress Lee Eun-joo killed herself in her apartment.

South Korea had the highest suicide rate in 2005 among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which counts the world's most developed nations as its members.

In 2005, 14,011 South Koreans committed suicide, according to the National Police Agency.

The husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor said that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and may be her infant daughter's father.

The claim by Prince Frederic von Anhalt on Friday comes amid a paternity suit over Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn's father as attorney Howard K. Stern, but former Smith boyfriend Larry Birkhead is waging a legal challenge, saying he is the father.

"If you go back from September, she wasn't with one of those guys, she was with me," von Anhalt said in an interview Friday.

He said he would file a lawsuit if Dannielynn is turned over to Stern or Birkhead.

Von Anhalt, 59, and Gabor, 90, have been married for more than 20 years. Gabor, a onetime sex symbol and star of such 1950s films as Moulin Rouge and Queen of Outer Space, has been in declining health in recent years and suffered a stroke in 2005. She was partially paralyzed in a car crash in 2002.

Von Anhalt, who is Gabor's eighth husband, said he and Smith met in the 1990s when Smith was still married to elderly oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. He said Smith approached him and Gabor at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

"She was a very big fan of Zsa Zsa and wanted to be like Zsa Zsa," he said. "She wanted to be a princess." He said the two started an affair soon after, meeting over the years in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. For much of that time, he said, Smith urged him to make her a princess like his wife.

But short of divorcing the actress, he said the only solution would have been adopting Smith. Von Anhalt said he did consider that and even filled out adoption papers, but Gabor refused to sign them.

He said he never admitted the affair to his wife, but that he is sure she knows. She would sometimes answer the phone when Smith called him, von Anhalt said.

"She was a very sexy woman," von Anhalt said. "To have an affair with her is the top, you know." Publicist Edward Lozzi, who said he handled publicity for Gabor when she was convicted of slapping a Beverly Hills police officer during a 1989 traffic stop, said he doubted von Anhalt's claim, calling him a "chronic fabricator." "There are some people who are married to famous people and take advantage of it," said Lozzi, who said he dated Smith three times and spoke with her within the last year.

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