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George Stroumboulopoulos’ Friend Found Murdered in TV Presenter’s Home: ‘I Am Heartbroken’

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George Stroumboulopoulos on July 1, 2015, in Santa Monica.

Canadian actor Richard Hong was found dead in the Hollywood home rented by TV host George Stroumboulopoulos on Friday, September 23, the Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Us Weekly.

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Officers arrived on the scene at 2:17 a.m. in response to a radio call and saw Hong's body, officer Aareon Jefferson tells Us. The victim, an L.A. resident, died of blunt force trauma in an apparent homicide. Witnesses reported seeing a male suspect fleeing, and police say he is still at large.

Stroumboulopoulos, 44, expressed his grief on Twitter later that day. "I only have a few details, but it seems like it was the result of a break-in," he tweeted. "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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"There's so much to say, but I'm at a loss for words, so just love your people, and I will have more to say when we know more about what happened," he continued. The TV personality said he was flying from Los Angeles to New York to "be with my friends there, who are also devastated."

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Stroumboulopoulos is known for hosting a number of Canadian TV programs, including George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, which ran from 2005 to 2014 on CBC Television. He has anchored Hockey Night in Canada, was a VJ for music channel MuchMusic and led several charitable events. He also hosted the U.S. singing competition The One: Making a Music Star on ABC in 2006 and the CNN talk show Stroumboulopoulos in 2013, and appeared on an episode of Orphan Black