On October 20, the belated news of the death of a Mrs. Kim (53), who was bitten by a dog inside her apartment complex and died 4 days later due to sepsis, caused a stir within Korean media. The dog was coined as a French bulldog.
Since, the family of Super Junior member Siwon has stepped up to admit that the French bulldog belonged to them. On October 21, Siwon's younger sister shared a lengthy post on her Instagram. The letter of apology was from Siwon's father Choi Ki Ho.
Siwon's father first offered his deep condolences toward the family of the deceased Mrs. Kim, and said, "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 she died as a result of sepsis. 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."
According to Siwon's father, their family personally visited Mrs. Kim's family and bowed their heads in apology. Further, he stated, "We are worried that the spread of untruthful or speculative content may further hurt Mrs. 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."
The deceased Mrs. Kim was known as the CEO of a famous, traditional restaurant which served various Korean presidents in the past.
Since, Siwon took to his personal Twitter to also leave a word of apology toward Mrs. Kim and family.
Siwon 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," and, "I feel strongly responsible as a member of a family who raises a dog. 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.— Siwon Choi (@siwonchoi) October 21, 2017
심려를 끼쳐 드려 죄송합니다.
고인의 명복을 빕니다.