SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A prominent liberal South Korean politician embroiled in a corruption scandal has been found dead in a possible suicide.

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries. A string of high-profile figures, including a former president and business executives, have killed themselves in recent years.

Police say lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan[1] of the small opposition Justice Party was found dead near a Seoul apartment building on Monday morning.

Yonhap news agency says Roh[2] leapt to his death from the building after leaving a suicide note saying he feels sorry to his family.

Police couldn’t immediately confirm the report.

Roh[3] faced an investigation over an allegation that he received money from a man jailed over a corruption scandal.

The allegation has tarnished Roh[4]’s clean and reform-minded image.

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