K-Pop star Choi Siwon apologizes over dog bite death

SEOUL, South Korea – Choi Siwon, a member of popular K-pop boy band Super Junior, on Saturday, October 21 apologized 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 a famous Korean restaurant, Hanilkwan, in Seoul, died in hospital of blood poisoning on October 3, days after she was bitten by a French bull dog raised by the Chois.

The dog, untied, was out on a walk with Choi's father when it attacked Kim, a neighbor.

"I lower my head and apologize 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.

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. 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. A post shared by 최시원 (@siwonchoi) on Oct 20, 2017 at 7:52pm PDT

But his belated apology sparked online attacks saying that his apology was not sincere.

In the face of the criticism, Siwon removed photographs of himself cuddling the dog, named Buxy, from his Instagram account. – Rappler.com