According to Taiwan news outlets, a family of three was found dead in a wooded area in Taipei on January 5. One of the bodies, a certain Lin, was revealed to be actor Ming Dao’s older brother. Police speculate that Lin made use of a piece of rope that he prepared to strangle his wife and son first before hanging himself. Messages from Lin’s phone reveal that he was heavily in debt and wanted to die.
Ming Dao who rose to fame through the 2005 Taiwanese drama The Prince Who Turns into a Frog came from humble beginnings. His brother’s financial troubles had already come under scrutiny in the past when Ming Dao would talk about his brother’s gambling and the debts that he would help pay off. In 2013, creditors crashed the presscon for Ming Dao’s drama Beauties of the Emperor to collect money as his brother had accumulated substantial debts by using his connection with the actor.
In response to the questions for comments, Ming Dao’s agency reveals that the actor is currently in shocked and extremely sad. He knows nothing about the case and is trying to understand what happened, but out of respect for the legal requirements to keep the case confidential, he will only discuss matters with the police and will try his best to cooperate with them to find the truth while consoling his family.