Oh no :( South Korean star Kim Joo Hyuk (김주혁) has reportedly passed away.
The 45-year-old actor, who starred in various films including “My Wife Got Married” (2008) and “The Servant” (2010), as well as the television series “God of War” (2012) and “Hur Jun, The Original Story” (2013), was involved in a car accident at around 4:30pm today (Monday, 30th October 2017) in Gangnam.
According to multiple news outlets, his Mercedes overturned and rolled down the steps of a nearby apartment, before catching fire. He was taken to Konkuk University Hospital, but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Korean entertainment outlet soompi quoted the police as saying, “A Mercedes-Benz SUV rear-ended a Hyundai Grandeur on the road in front of I-PARK near the neighbourhood of Samseong in Gangnam District. Due to the accident, the Mercedes-Benz swerved into the wall of I-PARK apartment and the driver was rescued from the crushed vehicle. The driver was taken to Konkuk Hospital but he was unconscious and despite efforts of CPR, he passed away around 6:30pm.”
Kim Joo Hyuk was best known for his role in “Lovers in Prague” (2005) as well as for being a regular member on the popular KBS variety show, “2 Days & 1 Night” (1박 2일). He had only very recently wrapped up filming for the tvN drama “Argon” (아르곤), where he plays the role of a news anchor who strives to deliver the facts in a world full of fake news.
His girlfriend, Lee Yoo Young (이유영) was in Busan filming for an upcoming “Running Man” episode at the time of his death.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee Yoo Young, Kim Joo Hyuk’s family and friends, as well as his fans from all over the world. Rest in peace, Kim Joo Hyuk.