Canadian actor Richard Hong, 41, was found dead by blunt force trauma in the home of Canadian TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos.


The home was being rented by Stroumboulopoulos and Hong had been staying with him for some time. Stroumboulopoulos was away at the time. Police believe Hong was the victim of a home robbery gone wrong.

Police officer Aareon Jefferson told People that police responded to a burglary call in Hollywood Hills at 2:17 a.m. Friday morning. Witnesses reportedly saw a black male, standing at about five foot eight, fleeing from the scene.

“Many of you have seen the reports of a homicide which occurred early this morning in the home I rent in Los Angeles,” Stroumboulopoulos said in a tweet. “I only have a few details but it seems like it was the result of a break in. The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away. I am heartbroken.”


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John Struthers, an old high school friend of Hong’s, described Hong as “the type of guy it was tough not to like… He was a positive spirit for everyone around him.”

His sister, Virginia Hong, left a touching Facebook post for her brother, “I lost my brother today. He shall forever be missed. He had such a sweet, pure & free loving spirit. He was too young to be taken so soon. I love you Richard! RIP.”

Stroumboulopoulos was the host of Hockey Night in Canada for the last two years, but left to explore different opportunities. He also had a short-lived talk show on CNN previously.

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