K-pop star apologises over dog bite death

Choi Si Won's family dog, while out on a walk, attacked a neighbour, who later died in hospital of blood poisoning on Oct 3.
Choi Si Won's family dog, while out on a walk, attacked a neighbour, who later died in hospital of blood poisoning on Oct 3.TNP FILE PHOTO

SEOUL • Choi Si Won, a member of popular K-pop boy band Super Junior, yesterday apologised over the death of a renowned restaurateur who died after being attacked by his family's pet dog.

The 53-year-old woman, surnamed Kim, who ran famous Korean restaurant Hanilkwan in Seoul, died in hospital of blood poisoning on Oct 3, days after she was bitten by a French bulldog raised by the Chois.

The dog, which was not leashed, was walking with Choi's father when it attacked Kim, a neighbour.

"I lower my head and apologise to the bereaved family... and convey my deep condolences," Choi wrote on his Instagram account.

"As a member of the family raising the dog, I feel greatly responsible," said the 31-year-old Choi.

But his belated apology sparked online attacks, with some saying it was not sincere.

In the face of the criticism, Choi removed photographs of himself cuddling the dog, named Buxy, from his Instagram account.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 22, 2017, with the headline 'K-pop star apologises over dog bite death'. Print Edition | Subscribe