A popular South Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk died in a car crash on Monday, police said. He was 45.
A report from The Korea Times confirmed the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. in southern Seoul.
Kim lost control of his Mercedes G-Wagon lost and rear-ended a vehicle in front before smashing into a wall at an apartment complex. The SUV also tumbled and rolled downstairs.
The actor was taken to KonKuk University Medical Center immediately a long time after the crash, but he died shortly afterward.
“Kim was unconscious when he was being transferred. Hospital officials told us that they conducted CPR on him, but he died at 6:30 p.m.,” a police official was quoted as saying.
According to the news outlet, Kim’s car was heavily damaged as it overturned, and it wasn’t until around 5:07 p.m. that he was rescued out of the vehicle, police said.
“There was smoke from the engine of Kim’s car, but there was no fire,” an official said.
The driver whose sedan was hit from behind by Kim’s car, told police that when he was pulling over after being rear-ended by the Mercedes, he saw the Mercedes’ driver holding his chest before hitting his car again and then smashing into a wall.
Police are trying to determine the exact cause of the accident while trying to secure security video footage as well as dashboard camera videos.
Kim debuted as a SBS TV actor in 1998. He initially received attention as son of late veteran actor Kim Moo-saeng but soon built up his acting credentials through diverse movies and TV shows.
He gained popularity with his humorous and warm charm appearing in romantic comedies such as “Singles” (2003), “When Romance Meets Destiny” (2005), “Blue Swallow” (2005), and “My Wife Got Married” (2008).
He graduated from Dongguk University’s Department of Theater and Film.