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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cambodian Actor Slain

LOS ANGELES -- Detectives continued their search for clues Tuesday in the death of Academy Award-winning actor Haing Ngor, shot outside his home in a murder that has sent shock waves from Los Angeles' Chinatown to his native Cambodia.


Ngor's body was discovered Sunday night beside his car in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles, police said Monday. He was gunned down as he was returning to his apartment building and died of a chest wound.


Ngor, a doctor turned actor who survived the killing fields of Cambodia, was revered in his native country, where shocked Cambodians debated whether Ngor may have been the target of a political assassination for his activism supporting refugees from the Khmer Rouge reign of terror.


Ngor won his Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as a journalist in the 1983 movie, "The Killing Fields."


Trained as a doctor, Ngor was tortured after the 1975 takeover by the Khmer Rouge rebels, who overthrew the U.S.-backed Cambodian government and ushered in one of the most murderous regimes in history.


When a Vietnamese invasion ousted the Khmer Rouge four years later, Ngor escaped to Thailand, and in 1980 he settled in the United States. He resumed his medical career and made his acting debut in "The Killing Fields," in a role that mirrored his own survival story.