AceShowbiz - Choi Siwon's family dog caused the death of a neighbor. On Friday, October 20, reports emerged that a man, Mr. Kim (53), was bitten by a French Bulldog inside his apartment complex and died four days later due to sepsis. It's now revealed that the dog in question belongs to Siwon's family.
The Super Junior member took to Twitter on Saturday to express his condolences and apologize to the victim's family. He wrote, "This is Choi Siwon. Once again, I bow my head in apology toward the family of the deceased, who must be suffering from the great shock and sorrow of losing a loved one. I feel deeply apologetic after hearing about the situation regarding our family's dog. I offer my most sincere condolences toward the family of the deceased."
"I feel strongly responsible as a member of a family who raises a dog," he continued. "I am currently deeply reflecting for failing to supervise strictly, which led to carelessness and a shocking event. I will do my duty to make sure such an event does not happen again. I apologize for worrying you. I pray a happy afterlife for the deceased."
최시원입니다. 가족을 잃은 큰 충격과 슬픔에 빠져 계실 유가족 분들께 다시 한번 머리 숙여 사죄드립니다. 얼마 전 저희 가족이 기르던 반려견과 관련된 상황을 전해 듣고 너무나 죄송스러운 마음입니다. 고인과 유가족 분들께 진심으로 애도의 뜻을 전합니다.— Siwon Choi (@siwonchoi) October 21, 2017
반려견을 키우는 가족의 한 사람으로 큰 책임감을 느낍니다. 항상 철저한 관리를 했어야 하는데 부주의로 엄청난 일이 일어나 깊이 반성하고 있습니다. 다시는 이런 일이 없도록 조치하겠습니다.
심려를 끼쳐 드려 죄송합니다.
고인의 명복을 빕니다.— Siwon Choi (@siwonchoi) October 21, 2017
Siwon's father Choi Ki Ho also released a statement via the Instagram account of Siwon's younger sister. "It is true that the deceased neighbor suffered a bite from our family dog, while our door was slightly ajar for a brief moment, and that he died as a result of sepsis," Siwon's father stated. "However, we heard after inquiring that additional causes such as secondary infection or a problem caused during the treatment process cannot be ruled out at this point, and so it is difficult to pinpoint the direct cause of death."
Siwon's father also said their family had personally visited Mr. Kim's family and bowed their heads in apology. He added, "We are worried that the spread of untruthful or speculative content may further hurt Mr. Kim's family, who are mourning silently. We ask that this matter does not escalate any further. Also, we will secure our dog firmly so that such an event does not happen again."
Mr. Kim was reportedly the CEO of a famous, traditional restaurant which was frequented by various Korean presidents in the past.
It's unclear which dog that bit the neighbor, but Siwon has several times posted pictures of his French Bulldog named Bugsy.
방금 은혁씨와 통화했습니다. 받자마자 항의란 항의는 전부다 토해냈습니다. 부대 내에서 콜렉트콜로 몇차례나 전화를 했지만 제가 안 받았다고 합니다. 제 전화는 놓치지 마세요 :) ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zc9Qh8xpoE— Siwon Choi (@siwonchoi) November 15, 2015