Man Found Beaten to Death in Los Angeles Home of George Stroumboulopoulos

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A man was found beaten to death Friday inside the rented L.A. Hills home of George Stroumboulopoulos.

"I only have a few details, but it seems this was the result of a break in," the Canadian media personality says.

A man was found beaten to death Friday morning in a Los Angeles Hills home rented by Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos.

Around 2:15 a.m., police received a call for a possible burglary in the 6700 block of Milner Road, said Jenny Houser, an LAPD spokeswoman.

When police arrived to the scene, they found a male who was the victim of a homicide, specifically blunt force trauma, Houser said. No additional information on the victim was released.

The suspect was seen by witnesses fleeing southbound on Las Palmas Avenue, Houser said. No one else is believed to be involved in the crime, she added.

Friday afternoon, around 3 p.m., Stroumboulopoulos tweeted a statement confirming the home where the homicide took place is his and he knows the victim.

"I only have a few details, but it seems this was the result of a break in," Stroumboulopoulos tweeted. "The victim was a dear friend of mine who was staying at my place while I was away. I am heartbroken."

Stroumboulopoulos, former host of the famed Hockey Night in Canada franchise and host of a now-defunct CNN interview show, tweeted he was on his way to Los Angeles from New York after receiving the news.

While host of his own talk show in Canada on the CBC network for 10 years, Stroumboulopoulos interviewed a slew of Hollywood celebrities passing through Toronto, including Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Haggis and Samuel L. Jackson, and politicians like Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.

Born and raised in Ontario, Stroumboulopoulos got his start in radio before becoming a host on MuchMusic, Canada's video music channel, for four years starting in 2000. He hosted a range of music-themed shows including The Punk Show, The NewMusic, MuchLOUD and MuchNews before moving on to the CBC.

Etan Vlessing contributed to this report.

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