Actor found murdered in TV host's LA home
An actor has been found murdered in the rented home of a Canadian talk-show host in Los Angeles.
The body of Richard Hong (41) was discovered in a house owned by George Stroumboulopoulos after police responded to reports of a burglary.
Officer Norma Eisenman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman, said the discovery was made at 2am Pacific Time.
"Officers were directed to a male, the apparent victim of a homicide," Eisenman said, adding that witnesses reported seeing a man in a black jacket fleeing the area on foot.
That suspect remained at large on Friday evening despite a search of the neighborhood using dogs and a helicopter.
The Los Angeles Times, citing a coroner's spokesman, said that the victim had sustained head trauma. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report with the coroner's office.
"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 post on Twitter.
"I only have a few details but it seems like it was the result of a break in," he said. "The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away. I am heartbroken."
Stroumboulopoulos said that he was sending the message from a plane en route to Los Angeles from New York "so I can be with my friends there, who are also devastated."
Stroumboulopoulos, 44, is best known as the host of a CBC talk show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
One of the country's most recognised TV presenters, Stroumboulopoulos also served as a host of Hockey Night in Canada, a fixture of Canadian television, for two seasons.