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(LEAD) Brother of late actress Choi Jin-sil found dead

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) -- The brother of the late South Korean actress Choi Jin-sil was found dead at his home in Seoul on Monday in what appeared to be a suicide, police said.

   The body of actor Choi Jin-young, 39, was found in the attic of his home in southern Seoul, police said, adding no suicide note has been found.

   Choi's mother discovered the body when she visited her son's house after failing to contact him, said police.

   Choi, who played supporting roles in TV dramas and movies and who also worked as a pop singer, was the brother of actress Choi Jin-sil, who committed suicide in 2008 after struggling with depression for years.

   Although his relatives say he showed no signs of being suicidal or having depression, Choi posted a piece of writing on his Internet homepage on March 16, saying "I'm tired. I'm tired of people, life and especially myself."

   One of Choi's agents said he was deeply shocked after his sister's death.

   Choi, who debuted in 1993, left the entertainment business in 2008 and had looked after his two bereaved nephews since then.