HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 24 (UPI) — A Canadian actor was found beaten to death Friday night, a victim of an apparent break-in, in a Hollywood Hills home rented by Canadian TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos, authorities said.
Police found Richard Hong’s body after they responded to a 911 call early Friday morning. The LAPD said the 41-year-old actor died from blunt force trauma.
Witnesses said they saw a man dressed in a black jacket fleeing the scene, according to Officer Jenny Houser, though they were unable to locate him following a search of the area.
Stroumboulopoulos posted a statement to Twitter saying he was “heartbroken.”
“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 said.
“We see this guy every day and all of a sudden he’s been killed,” said Josh Curtis, a longtime friend of Hong’s. “We don’t know what happened, we don’t understand it, we’re all very confused. We’re in shock.”