Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk killed in car crash

Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk killed in car crash

Kim Joo-Hyuk and Lee Yoo Young
Kim Joo-Hyuk and girlfriend Lee Yoo Young. (Photo: Facebook / RunningMan International)

Popular Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk was killed in a car crash, Korean news agency Yonhap reported. 

His Mercedes overturned and caught fire after an accident at around 4.30pm on Monday (Oct 30) in Gangnam, Yonhap said.

His SUV collided with a Hyundai Grandeur, hit the wall of a building in Samseong-dong, local reports said, citing the Gangnam police. Photos show that the car had flipped down a flight of stairs.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out the fire. He was taken to the nearest hospital but was declared dead on arrival, the statement said. 

His girlfriend Lee Yoo-young was in Busan filming for an upcoming Running Man episode when she was informed, a Facebook post on Running Man International said.

Filming was reportedly stopped for the meantime, it added.

Kim, 45, began acting in 1998. He appeared this year in dramas Confidential Assignment and The Tooth and the Nail. He is also known for his roles in Lovers in Prague (2005) and The Legendary Doctor - Hur Jun (2013).

He was also a regular member on popular variety show 2 Days & 1 Night.

Source: CNA/hm