Actor Richard Hong found dead at George Stroumboulopoulos’s L.A. home

The body of Canadian actor Richard Hong was found early Friday morning at a Los Angeles home rented by George Stroumboulopoulos.

Los Angeles police said Hong, 41, died of blunt force trauma. He was a Los Angeles resident.

The broadcaster and former CBC TV host, who still has a radio show with CBC, confirmed in a Facebook post early Friday evening that the victim, who he referred to only as a “dear friend,” was staying at his place while he was away in New York.

“I am heartbroken,” he wrote.

The death appears to be tied to a break-in, said Stroumboulopoulos.
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Broadcaster and former CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos says the death appears to be tied to a break-in. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press/File)

I am writing this from a plane en route to Los Angeles from New York, so I can be with my friends there, who are also devastated,” he added.

Officer Aareon Jefferson of the LAPD told The Canadian Press that witnesses directed police to the body of an “apparent homicide” victim and told them that a man in a black jacket had been seen fleeing the area.

A search of the neighbourhood, supported by a police helicopter and a canine unit, was unable to locate the man.

Police are investigating, but have left the crime scene in Los Angeles.

Global Affairs Canada said officials at the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles have reached out to police to obtain additional information about the death of Hong.

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