Sun, Jul 19, 2015 - Page 3 News List

Actress Yang Ko-han, 27, dies after attempting suicide

By Chen Wei-han  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Actor Chang Ting-hu, left, and actress Yang Ke-han pose in an undated photo.

Photo: by Taiwan Television

Actress Yang Ko-han (楊可涵), 27, died yesterday after 12 days in Cathay General Hospital in Taipei following a suicide attempt.

Doctors pronounced Yang brain dead yesterday at noon and her family donated her organs to grant her last wish — as requested by Yang in a note, Yang’s agency said.

Yang was found hanged at her residence in Taipei on July 6 by her boyfriend, actor Chang Ting-hu (張庭瑚), and was given emergency treatment and immediately taken to hospital.

Beginning her career as a regular on a variety show, Yang in recent years gained celebrity in TV dramas and commercials. Her career escalated this year as she played the lead in a popular TV serial.

Yang’s agency said yesterday that she was a professional and devoted actress but had suffered from depression for years.

Yang’s agency said that it chose to suppress information of her condition while she was in hospital and refused interviews to allow her and her family to recover without disturbance.

The Yang family and her agency expressed gratitude to the hospital staff and the paramedics and police officers who attended her on the day of her suicide, her agency said.

Saying that Yang made a bad example by taking her own life, Yang’s family and her agency called for the public to cherish life and not to commit suicide.

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