Ming Dao’s Older Brother Suspected of Killing Wife and Son Before Committing Suicide
Yesterday, Taiwanese media reported that a 41-year-old male with the surname “Lin” was found dead in the Neihu District of Taipei. His body was founding hanging from the branch of a tree. Beside him were two other bodies, the remains of a 40-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy. Moments later, it was reported that the man was Lin Ming-hung (林明弘), the older brother of 39-year-old Taiwanese actor Ming Dao (明道).
Police investigated Lin Ming-hung’s phone, and found that he was NT$2 million (approximately US$68,000) in debt. Driven to the point of no return, he strangled his wife and son to death shortly before committing suicide himself.
Ming Dao was immediately reached for comment after the news broke. His manager responded on his behalf: “Right now, Ming Dao is in extreme shock and very sad. He had no idea what happened, and even tried to find answers himself. However, to respect the police investigations and privacy laws, he will only release statements to the police. He will cooperate with the investigation to the best of his abilities. He will also be caring for his family.”
Ming Dao, whose real name is Lin Chao-chang (林朝章), has always had a close relationship with his older brother. Suffering from a disease that constantly fatigues his muscles, his older brother used to carry him to and back from school every single day. For that, Ming Dao feels that he owes his brother a debt of gratitude.
Over the years, Ming Dao had supported his brother financially, from paying back his debts to financing his wedding. In 2013, after Ming Dao returned from serving the military, he discovered that his older brother had been using his name to borrow money, even using Ming Dao’s driver’s license and personal registration information as mortgage to borrow NT$2.5 million. It wasn’t until the loan sharks asked for Ming Dao when he realized what his brother had done.
In 2016, it was reported that Lin Ming-hung was again in debt, this time owing NT$1 million. Lin allegedly told the loan shark, “My younger brother will handle it. He said he’ll use his house as the mortgage loan!”
Ming Dao had talked about his brother’s actions publicly before. He had said, “As for the actions of my family, I hope that the public won’t be quick to judge before the judgement of law and virtue. Everyone must hold responsibility of their actions. Every injustice has its perpetrator and every debt its debtor. That is social justice.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.