George Stroumboulopoulos is “heartbroken” after learning that his “dear friend” was murdered while staying at the Canadian TV presenter’s rented Los Angeles home.
At 2:17 a.m. on Friday, Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a burglary call in the 6700 block of Milner Road in Hollywood Hills, officer Aareon Jefferson confirms to PEOPLE. Upon arrival, officers were directed to the body of a male, identified as 41-year-old L.A. resident and Canadian actor Richard Hong, who was the apparent victim of a homicide.
According to witnesses, a black male – described as five-feet-eight-inches tall with a thin build and wearing a black jacket – was seen fleeing westbound on Milner Road and southbound on Las Palmas.
Stroumboulopoulos, 44, released a statement on Twitter Friday to address the murder: “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. 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,” the post continues. “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.”
Stroumboulopoulos is the weeknight host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, hosts radio program The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 and is a host for CNN.