The Killing Fields Actor Killed in 1996 L.A. Shooting Told World About Brutal Khmer Rouge Regime

People Magazine Investigates explores the international intrigue surrounding the 1996 slaying of Dr. Haing Ngor, a Cambodian genocide survivor who became an actor in the United States.

Heartfelt tributes poured in from all over the globe when Oscar-winning The Killing Fields actor Haing Ngor was fatally shot outside his Los Angeles apartment in 1996.

Director Oliver Stone called the 55-year-old “a man of great strength and courage,” the Los Angeles Times wrote after Ngor’s death.

Ngor’s niece, Sophia Ngor Demetri, who escaped the Cambodian genocide with him in 1979, surviving on rats and termites as they crawled across the border to Vietnam to the safety of a Red Cross refugee camp, lost the only family she had left.

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