Jang Ja-yeon (Hangul: 장자연; 25 January 1980 – 7 March 2009) was a South Korean actress. She was born in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. She debuted in the entertainment industry when she appeared in a television commercial in 2006. She was known for being part of the KBS television drama series Boys Over Flowers as Sunny, one of the antagonist of the series. At the time of her death at the age of 29, Jang had been starring in Boys Over Flowers. She had been suffering from depression, and it was revealed in 2019 that the initial investigation into her death in 2009 was corrupted and false . The 2009 faux-investigation concluded that her death was a suicide at first, and was reopened in 2018 . Her death caused a national scandal in 2009 when it was proved that she had been sexually and physically abused by a number of prominent entertainment executives during her career, most importantly the CEO of Jang’s former talent agency, The Contents Entertainment, Kim Sung-hoon . after three witness testified against the abusive CEO, Kim Sung Hoon was found by the Korean courts guilty of abuse, specifically forcing girls from his agency to come to parties where he was prostituting them to entertainment executives and also physically and verbally abuse them . According to Jang's suicide note, this alleged abuse had contributed to her depression and suicide.