South Korea ranks number one in the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development for suicide rate. It seems any time a South Korean public figure is in any trouble, he or she commits suicide. That is just the way of life here.
Check the news article here.
As the article states:
Last month, state prosecutors questioned Roh for some 13 hours about allegations that he accepted more than $6 million in bribes from a detained South Korean businessman while in office — accusations that deeply shamed him.
It's hard to convey any feelings of sympathy, or empathy, knowing that this is such a common trend here.