A Canadian actor has been found murdered at the Hollywood home of TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos while he was away.
Police were called to reports of a burglary at 2.17am on Friday morning at the former CNN host’s home on Milner Road.
LAPD said officer found a male, “apparently victim of a homicide,” at the scene.
Mr Hong had injuries suggesting he had been beaten to death, according to reports.
Witnesses saw a black man – described as thin, 5’8,” sporting short hair, and wearing a dark jacket – fleeing the scene, a spokesman said.
Stroumboulopoulos tweeted on Friday afternoon that he was in New York City when the crime occurred at his rental home, and that 41-year old Hong was a “dear friend” of his.
“Many of you have seen the reports of a homicide which occurred early this morning in the home I rent in Los Angeles,” he wrote.
“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.
“I am writing this on a plane en route to Los Angeles from New York, so I can be with my friends there, who are also devastated,” he added.
“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.”
TV and radio personality Stroumboulopoulos is best known as a former VJ for the Canadian music TV channel MuchMusic and host of the CBC Television show “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.”
He also hosted a short-lived, hour-long CNN talk series called “Stroumboulopoulos” in 2013.