The body of the deceased was found at the TV presenter's rented Los Angeles home early on Friday (23Sep16) after police officers responded to a burglary call in the Hollywood Hills.

It is believed the unnamed victim was killed by the trespasser.

Stroumboulopoulos released a statement via Twitter on Friday, which read: "Many of you have seen the reports of a homicide which occurred early this morning in the home I rent in Los Angeles. I only have a few details but it seems like it was the result of a break in. The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away. I am heartbroken.

"I am writing this from a plane en route to Los Angeles from New York, so I can be with my friends there, who are also devastated. There's so much to say but I'm at a loss for words so just love your people and I will have more to say when we know more about what happened."

Stroumboulopoulos is the host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. He also hosts radio programme The Strombo Show.