Man Found Dead in L.A. Home Rented by Former CNN Host George Stroumboulopoulos

by Jennifer Drysdale 12:16 PM PDT, October 04, 2016
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UPDATE: An arrest was made in the killing of Richard Hong, the actor found dead in former CNN host George Stroumboulopoulos’ rented Los Angeles, California, home. An official with LAPD's Hollywood Division tells ET, "An arrest was made outside of state in the case of the killing of Richard Hong. The man is not in LAPD custody yet."

As for when the unidentified man will be returned to Los Angeles, police officials tell ET, "The LAPD is waiting for extradition to take place. The man detained out of state is unnamed at this time and his status is unknown. The extradition process can take days. It is unknown when he will be in LAPD custody."


A man was found dead in the Los Angeles home of former CNN host and Canadian TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos, ET has confirmed.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to ET that Hollywood Division officers responded to a burglary call at the 6700 block of Milner Ave that came in just after 2 a.m. on Friday morning. Upon arriving at the scene, officers were directed to a male who was "an apparent victim of a homicide."

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The victim has been identified by LAPD as Richard Hong, a 41-year-old actor and resident of Los Angeles. So far, Hong's cause of death is unknown.

Stroumboulopoulos took to Twitter to react to the news, revealing that he found out about the death while in New York, and that Hong was a "dear friend."

"Many of you have seen the reports of a homicide which occurred early this morning in the home I rent in Los Angeles. I only have a few details, but it seems like it was the result of a break in," he shared on Friday. "The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away. I am 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 continued. "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."

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Originally published on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at 5:46 p.m. PT.