Fans mourn S.Korean actor after fatal car crash

This picture shows a damaged car of late South Korean actor Kim Joo-Hyuk after his car crashed into an apartment wall and flipped over in Seoul on October 30, 2017. (File photo by AFP)
Updated 01 November 2017
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Fans mourn S.Korean actor after fatal car crash

SEOUL: Grieving South Korean film fans packed a Seoul hospital Wednesday to pay their respects after the death of an actor dubbed “Korea’s Hugh Grant.”
Kim Joo-Hyuk, 45, died Monday from head injuries after his Mercedes crashed into an apartment wall and flipped over. No other vehicles were involved, police said.
Kim, whose father was also a famous actor, made his debut in 1999 and quickly gained popularity for his roles in several romantic comedies, earning himself the nickname.
More recently he moved into grittier parts. He was named Best Supporting Actor at the Seoul Film Awards last week for his role in the movie “Confidential Assignment,” in which he played the leader of an organized crime gang from North Korea.
“It is my first time to win a movie award,” Kim said at the ceremony. “It is as if my parents, who are in heaven, are giving me this award.”
Several top celebrities went to pay their respects at a remembrance altar set up in the Seoul hospital where his body was taken.
Large arrangements of white flowers — the color of mourning in Korea — lined the corridors, which were crowded with media and sobbing fans.
Kim’s death was one of the most searched words on South Korea’s Naver portal on Wednesday.
“He was one of those actors that made me smile. I still can’t believe it,” said one user.
“I thought he would become a veteran actor like his father, it’s very sad. May he rest in peace,” wrote another.
Kim was the 20th most searched terms on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, as overseas fans also grieved his passing.
“Kim Joo-Hyuk was one of the very few South Korean actors I liked, my god,” posted a Chinese commentator.


Prince Harry goes solo on royal tour as pregnant Meghan rests

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Prince Harry goes solo on royal tour as pregnant Meghan rests

  • The pair have already traveled to Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo since touching down in Australia last Monday
  • They are set to visit Fiji and Tonga after Fraser Island

FRASER ISLAND, Australia: Prince Harry greeted an Aboriginal community on the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island Monday as his pregnant wife Meghan took a break from official duties during the royal couple’s Australian tour.
The pair have already traveled to Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo since touching down in Australia last Monday, drawing thousands of screaming fans to their events.
The visit to Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland state took on a different tone, as the Duke of Sussex was greeted with a traditional Aboriginal ceremony from the local Butchulla people on the peaceful shores of Lake McKenzie.
Harry later walked barefoot on the soft white sands of the lake, a source of drinking water for the Butchulla people, and splashed water on his face.
Fraser is the world’s largest sand island and the prince was due to unveil a plaque to dedicate the holiday site’s acres of rainforests to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
His visit will also touch on other environmental issues, a cause close to his father Prince Charles’ heart, when he meets with park rangers to learn more about the island’s plants and animals.
Later, he will meet with two Hervey Bay paramedics, who are being recognized for granting a dying woman’s final wish by taking her to the beach.
A photo of a paramedic beside a stretcher facing the ocean was posted on Facebook last year and went viral around the world.
The royal couple had earlier arrived in Queensland by plane before traveling to the island separately.
Harry boarded a barge, a route used by tourists to travel to the island, while the Duchess of Sussex took a different vessel and then retreated to a private residence.
Her choice of dress, a maroon number with white polka dots, sparked excitement in Queensland, as the deep brownish-red happens to also been the official color of the state.
The pair are due to visit Fiji and Tonga after Fraser Island.