CAMBODIA — A party-goer man killed himself by drinking a bottle of strong poison but left a suicide note requesting a ‘Gangnam Style’ ceremony in his funeral, the police said Thursday.
Police authorities said the victim, 24-year-old Sok Udom from Prey Nob district, had been criticized by his parents for staying out late and spent almost every night in a party after work in Thailand.
His body was found 30 meters from his house last Wednesday morning.
The suicide note signed by the victim says, “When I die, you can hold a ceremony if you have money but don’t if you don’t have any money.”
“Please play traditional wedding songs and Gangnam Style instead of funeral music.”
‘Gangnam Style’ is a K-pop single by the South Korean musician Psy. The song was released in July 2012 as the lead single of his sixth studio album and debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Chart.
On December 21, 2012, “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to reach a billion hits on the Internet. As of February 10, 2013, the music video has been viewed over 1.324 billion times on You Tube, and it is the site’s most watched video after surpassing Justin Bieber’s single “Baby.”
In September 2012, “Gangnam Style” was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video on YouTube. It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held later that year.
By the end of 2012, the song had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Although its reception in Japan remained lukewarm, “Gangnam Style” topped China’s download list and was labeled by state-controlled media as having a “divine melody.”