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.


Death defying ‘stunt’ lands Saudi man in police custody

Updated 21 May 2018
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Death defying ‘stunt’ lands Saudi man in police custody

DUBAI: A shocking video has been released on social media of a man who jumps from the roof of a car into the path of an articulated lorry in what appears to be a death defying stunt.
Without any consideration for the safety for himself or other motorists, the man can be seen dancing on the car which is parked on the side of the road, in the background the vast lorry can be seen approaching.
At the last moment the man is seen jumping onto the floor causing the lorry to swerve violently to avoid hitting him.
The man has now been arrested by the General Directorate of Traffic – according to UAE daily Gulf News – on charges of endangering the lives of other road users.