Woman commits suicide live on Facebook

We're more connected with the world now than we ever have been in the history of mankind. Unfortunately the old saying, "alone in a crowd" seems to be all too real because even having the world at our fingertips, many people feel more alone than ever.

Sadly, a Taiwanese woman killed herself while chatting with her friends on Facebook. In addition, USA Today reported that although several people tried to convince her to stop what she was doing, nobody stepped up to call the authorities.

The woman lit a charcoal grill in her room and, over the course of an hour, took photos of herself as the carbon monoxide filled the room. At one point, after a friend urged her to open the window and put out the fire, she replied, "The fumes are suffocating. They fill my eyes with tears. Don't write me anymore." Her dying message was, "Too late. My room is filled with fumes. I just posted another picture. Even while I'm dying, I still want FB (Facebook). Must be FB poison. Haha." Her boyfriend visited her home the next day and discovered the body.

Although nobody would blame the suicide on Facebook, the anonymous nature of social media is very apparent in this case. How many people do you know online but have no address or phone number for? How would you react in a similar situation?

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fark just how sad arse are some people get a life oh that's right your dead maybe shoulda got one before it got that bad you needed to commit sideways....

and this " How many people do you know online but have no address or phone number for?" none everyone I have on FB I know in person simple as that

" ... Even while I'm dying, I still want FB (Facebook). ... _next day_ and discovered the body."

with friends like these. who need enemies. the next day. geez.

If I were to commit suicide, I'd go on an epic adventure through some crazy-ass rain forest and stay there for a week or something... Assuming I don't die from thirst, hunger, bugs or predators... I'd come out of it with a completely different understanding on life. I'm pretty certain anyone who did this, and didn't die, would want to live.

On a side note: I feel bad for people who have time to be helped, but I have zero (ZERO, NIL, NONE) sympathy for people who commit suicide (and, yes I have family who have, and it destroyed the lives of those around them.... horribly selfish.......horribly).

astropheed said,
If I were to commit suicide, I'd go on an epic adventure through some crazy-ass rain forest and stay there for a week or something... Assuming I don't die from thirst, hunger, bugs or predators... I'd come out of it with a completely different understanding on life. I'm pretty certain anyone who did this, and didn't die, would want to live.

Rambo 1, 2 or 3?

On a side note: I feel bad for people who have time to be helped, but I have zero (ZERO, NIL, NONE) sympathy for people who commit suicide (and, yes I have family who have, and it destroyed the lives of those around them.... horribly selfish.......horribly).

Sad!!! Just liek the stupid idiots here in the States, who sit and use their phones to record someone getting beat badly, and not one cals the police.

Are people really this morbid, insensitive, stupid, lost, lack common sense and so much more?

I thought these people were smart? All the people who sent her a message saying stop, should be taken to a smoke filled room and allowed to suffocate to death.

Is sad for people who knew her, for the rest of us.... maybe not, people die all the time, even in worst ways than she did, so....

Idiot. If you want to commit suicide, go ahead, but do it silently, don't add your crap to already millions of problems on this sh*tty dustball, where every 30 seconds someone bites the big bazooka because of quite the same reasons, every 1 minute mostly civilized human being kills another mostly civilized human being. We're too good at taking life even without your absolute mental flameout! Rest in pieces...

It's always sad to read stories like this. The saddest thing of this is that no one called the police or contacted a relative. In hour, someone could have make something about it.

Out of my FB friends list, I think I'm the only one with complete address/mail/social accounts and phone numbers.

ajua said,
Out of my FB friends list, I think I'm the only one with complete address/mail/social accounts and phone numbers.

I read that as "complete address/mail/social security accounts" that would be quite trusting to give that info to your friends!

I only become friends with people I actually know and met in real life.

This is very sad. I have a friend with slight suicidal tendencies. And i have noticed that it doesnt help if u say or make them realise that YOU ARE THERE. they dont care like that.

What helps them a bit is if you help them be important to others. Like if they are needed in this world. Its very tough to go through but i think most of it starts with bad parenting or bad friend who never connect to you and make u feel like nothing. So sad.

But to everybody who this they can maybe escape the pain. Id like to say. If u are normal physically. If you can walk and talk normal. You can do alot in life and u can turn pretty much any situation around. So never lose hope and atleast do something for mother earth if not the people or urself.

Zain Adeel said,
This is very sad. I have a friend with slight suicidal tendencies. And i have noticed that it doesnt help if u say or make them realise that YOU ARE THERE. they dont care like that.

What helps them a bit is if you help them be important to others. Like if they are needed in this world. Its very tough to go through but i think most of it starts with bad parenting or bad friend who never connect to you and make u feel like nothing. So sad.

But to everybody who this they can maybe escape the pain. Id like to say. If u are normal physically. If you can walk and talk normal. You can do alot in life and u can turn pretty much any situation around. So never lose hope and atleast do something for mother earth if not the people or urself.

Finally, somebody who gets it. Kudos to you.

this is how sick america has become, we still support the death penalty and now that victims and the public do not get an invite to watch a person murdered they get their rocks off buy watching a person screaming for help. a simple dial to 911 would have solved this all together, first she would not be dean but instead in jail for trying to commit suicide. yes this is a crime in our nation. so i guess all people who just watched and popped their popcorn and drank their soda pops should be charged with assisting a person committing suicide. does not people in general see a problem with this? just plain morbid and sick.

belto said,
first she would not be dean but instead in jail for trying to commit suicide. yes this is a crime in our nation...does not people in general see a problem with this?
I certainly see a problem with that. People shouldn't be thrown in jail for attempting to take their own life, they should be committed in to care and helped to recover.

Intrinsica said,
I certainly see a problem with that. People shouldn't be thrown in jail for attempting to take their own life, they should be committed in to care and helped to recover.

She was logged in to public services... SURELY this took at least an hour or more.... no one could have called 911 and had the ip backtraced to an address? Even if it were a bluff she clearly needed help.

@intrinsica, thank you.

Intrinsica said,
I certainly see a problem with that. People shouldn't be thrown in jail for attempting to take their own life, they should be committed in to care and helped to recover.

@intrinsica, thank you.

Intrinsica said,
I certainly see a problem with that. People shouldn't be thrown in jail for attempting to take their own life, they should be committed in to care and helped to recover.

ChronKee said,
She was logged in to public services... SURELY this took at least an hour or more.... no one could have called 911 and had the ip backtraced to an address? Even if it were a bluff she clearly needed help.
No, you're arguing a separate point to me now. My initial point was that I believe it is wrong for someone to be jailed for attempting to take their own life. Instead they should be looked after and brought back to health.

I agree that the people that were watching were wrong for not acting.

@Intrinsica well it is a crime over here, but the main problem is that people do not know how to see the signs or read between the lines.

Intrinsica said,
I certainly see a problem with that. People shouldn't be thrown in jail for attempting to take their own life, they should be committed in to care and helped to recover.

@ChronKee sorry, my bad. it does not matter where it happened. it is still sick and morbid.

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Intrinsica said,
I certainly see a problem with that. People shouldn't be thrown in jail for attempting to take their own life, they should be committed in to care and helped to recover.

Agreed. Having suffered from depression, I've seen it from both sides. These are people that need help and if they got it should be fine.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. Having suffered from depression, I've seen it from both sides. These are people that need help and if they got it should be fine.

If there was a better option than "like" I'd click it.

Been there done that, also both sides. It is selfish but it is also selish to say that as a survivor not knowing or understanding the pain the person is in.

Mark Thomas said,
One out of the gene pool.

I doubt you'd say that if it was your mother, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, friend, girlfriend, or wife. There's no need for the "natural selection" comments because genetics doesn't determine everything. The environment also plays a role in your development as an individual. Sometimes, people are driven to do certain things because of the circumstances of their life. I find it cold and insensitive to disregard her death as the result of natural selection.

Anyway, it's unfortunate that she died. I'm guessing she tried to reach out to other people on Facebook and nobody took her seriously. It's scary to think about how many suicides could have been prevented if someone paid attention.

Anaron said,

I doubt you'd say that if it was your mother, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, friend, girlfriend, or wife. There's no need for the "natural selection" comments because genetics doesn't determine everything. The environment also plays a role in your development as an individual. Sometimes, people are driven to do certain things because of the circumstances of their life. I find it cold and insensitive to disregard her death as the result of natural selection.

Anyway, it's unfortunate that she died. I'm guessing she tried to reach out to other people on Facebook and nobody took her seriously. It's scary to think about how many suicides could have been prevented if someone paid attention.

I had one friend try to commit suicide on me earlier this month, bought a gun and couldn't pull the trigger, so instead he downed a bunch of pills, his roomate found saved him, you better believe I'm grateful that hes still around but you better be damn well sure I think the world would have been better off with out him. He's a total nimrod and if he killed himself I would feel no sympathy for his case. I'd miss him as a friend, but sympathy would be non existent.

There is a difference between being apathetic and caring too much about people who apparently don't care enough. Wasting all our time trying to help people who can't help themselves holds us back in the sake of being "human" when being human has no meaning.

Mazhar said,
Why did she commit suicide?

She probably had a mental illness (such as depression). Why she did it on Facebook and posted pictures is anybody's guess though.

Fezmid said,

She probably had a mental illness (such as depression). Why she did it on Facebook and posted pictures is anybody's guess though.

Depression is a horrible thing. I guess it depends on how she viewed things. Some people when suffering from depression are angry with the world and what to emotionally hurt the people they blame for their depressed state in the end. Others make a cry for help. It's really very sad regardless.

Fezmid said,

She probably had a mental illness (such as depression). Why she did it on Facebook and posted pictures is anybody's guess though.

Depression can be bad, but it doesn't cause you to share your suicide with friends on Facebook, or decide to kill yourself on the hair trigger of your boyfriend not visiting you on your birthday. The girl also, at 31, had stuffed animals. She had major problems beyond depression, and I don't know that all of them were mental illness.

Digitalx said,
Should have just gone an hero in public park in a tree.

Huh? "gone an hero in public park in a tree"? Is it just me that doesn't understand that sentence?

Intrinsica said,

Huh? "gone an hero in public park in a tree"? Is it just me that doesn't understand that sentence?

Yeah, needs re-wording at a minimum..

Digitalx said,
Death by BBQ inhalation ?

Should have just gone an hero in public park in a tree.

Despite your terrible attempt at english, this comment is just wrong. Shame on you.

ChronKee said,

Despite your terrible attempt at english, this comment is just wrong. Shame on you.


Shame on you for not knowing what 'an hero' is.
Use the link above. It helps!

Gothic_Rebel said,

Shame on you for not knowing what 'an hero' is.
Use the link above. It helps!
Shame on you for expecting him to know internet talk (which is unlimited) like lu4.

Intrinsica said,

Huh? "gone an hero in public park in a tree"? Is it just me that doesn't understand that sentence?
Hero likely he means to be brave as a hero is. So likely he is saying, she was brave enough to kill herself lighting a fire in a BBQ, woudl have been batter if she went to a park and like just did so from a tree.

I dunno...i'm just guessing.

Although nobody would blame the suicide on Facebook, the anonymous nature of social media is very apparent in this case. How many people do you know online but have no address or phone number for? How would you react in a similar situation?

I hadn't really considered that before. I mean, I have known or do know every person on my Friends list from meeting in real life, but I probably don't have a phone number or address for most of them if something were to happen.

It's a sad story.

FoxieFoxie said,
Why is natural selection sad?
Are you telling me that you're not slightly upset that there are people in the World that feel so alone and lost that they would rather kill themselves than continue to fight on?
I have my family and friends, and because of them I choose to continue moving on. But if there wasn't a soul that would notice or care that I was missing...well, life would be a lot tougher, that's for sure.

Intrinsica said,
Are you telling me that you're not slightly upset that there are people in the World that feel so alone and lost that they would rather kill themselves than continue to fight on?
I have my family and friends, and because of them I choose to continue moving on. But if there wasn't a soul that would notice or care that I was missing...well, life would be a lot tougher, that's for sure.

It's evolution, weak people die and strong live, this is how we evolved as a species and managed to survive for millions of years.

FoxieFoxie said,

It's evolution, weak people die and strong live, this is how we evolved as a species and managed to survive for millions of years.


This is not what natural selection is about. You're not supposed to lose your humanity and not feel sorry for people dying, or generally feeling sad about it.
You're masking your apathy, nothing else.

Inclined said,

This is not what natural selection is about. You're not supposed to lose your humanity and not feel sorry for people dying, or generally feeling sad about it.
You're masking your apathy, nothing else.

Millions of people die every month, instead of feeling sorry for all of them, I man up and do something productive with my life, which will contribute to the overall well being of humanity.

FoxieFoxie said,

Millions of people die every month, instead of feeling sorry for all of them, I man up and do something productive with my life, which will contribute to the overall well being of humanity.

Well said, and I 100% agree with you. This kind of mentality seems harsh to some people, but seriously, life goes on.

If someone kills themself over such a trivial issue, they don't deserve the sympathy of everyone on the internet. There are billions of other people in the world struggling (but not giving up!) with much more serious issues... do you guys feel sorry for them? Probably not.

FoxieFoxie said,

Millions of people die every month, instead of feeling sorry for all of them, I man up and do something productive with my life, which will contribute to the overall well being of humanity.

Such as? Posting on Neowin about how someone who committed suicide was "weak"?

FoxieFoxie said,

Millions of people die every month, instead of feeling sorry for all of them, I man up and do something productive with my life, which will contribute to the overall well being of humanity.


I'll be sure to bring it up when somebody from your family passes away.
You'd feel so terrible you just might kill yourself over being so apathetic today.

FoxieFoxie said,

It's evolution, weak people die and strong live, this is how we evolved as a species and managed to survive for millions of years.

And what or who is to say you're productive. I say your destructive to society with archaic views similar to Catholicism in that "She must have deserved it" or it is just "natural selection. Boy I hope you never lose anyone close or shockingly get "hurt" (either physically or mentally") by suicide. And for the 'weak' part, boy are you a nutter yourself.

Lack of sympathy is the new "cool" and "rebellious" for angsty teens. When they reach their mid-20s or so, depending how sheltered their lives are, they'll look back and feel like total asses.

Intrinsica said,
Are you telling me that you're not slightly upset that there are people in the World that feel so alone and lost that they would rather kill themselves than continue to fight on?
I have my family and friends, and because of them I choose to continue moving on. But if there wasn't a soul that would notice or care that I was missing...well, life would be a lot tougher, that's for sure.

You means to tell me you can't mind your own business andlet people do as they choose? She made a choice she has to live with (no pun intended).

She was a wacko, she wacked herself. She wasn't killed by anyone. She did it on FB in front of a bunch of geeks who sat and watched instead of calling the police or something. They were just as stupid and clueless as she was.

She wasn't alone, she was online with friends.

It's true I don't know the personal contact details of many of my friends on Facebook. I just think it's sad that she was reaching out and well, in another situation may have been caught in time. Bet the bf feels terrible!

Neobond said,
It's true I don't know the personal contact details of many of my friends on Facebook. I just think it's sad that she was reaching out and well, in another situation may have been caught in time. Bet the bf feels terrible!


Why should he, she killed herself because he didn't see her on her bday. she was a nutcase...plain and simple.

Neobond said,
It's true I don't know the personal contact details of many of my friends on Facebook. I just think it's sad that she was reaching out and well, in another situation may have been caught in time. Bet the bf feels terrible!

Agreed. And honestly, they're not friends. They may be "Facebook Friends" or "Online Friends", but I do not consider them friends in the same way that I do people I actually see and do things with... It's an odd thing really when you sit down and actually think about why you're even friends with people you don't really know to begin with... LOL

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. And honestly, they're not friends. They may be "Facebook Friends" or "Online Friends", but I do not consider them friends in the same way that I do people I actually see and do things with... It's an odd thing really when you sit down and actually think about why you're even friends with people you don't really know to begin with... LOL

I've only added people that I either work with or have known. Very few entries are random people.

vincent said,


Why should he, she killed herself because he didn't see her on her bday. she was a nutcase...plain and simple.


Damn...
When did heartlessness become cool or accepted?

You should be ashamed...

GS:mac

vincent said,


Why should he, she killed herself because he didn't see her on her bday. she was a nutcase...plain and simple.

Are you really that naive and heartless?

vincent said,

Why should he, she killed herself because he didn't see her on her bday. she was a nutcase...plain and simple.
So because she was a "nutcase", she deserve it?

DerekMorgan said,
Are you really that naive and heartless?
I am sure he isn't heartless, he is just calling it the way it is. She was cray and stupid...plain and simple.

I personally care a lot about people. If thsi had been a accident, then I woudl feel different.

The women in question lite a fire in her room, closed all doors and windows and chatted with friends who were as crazy and stupid as she was, as they stood by and did nothing to help save her. It's that simple as he said.

A person willing to take their own life are just nutcases. I am sorry, there are very few reasons to take your own life. I woudl list one as being, if I was dying of an ailment that was surely going to kill me and I was suffering pain everyday, then killing muself would be a way out. A women who was likely in perfect physical health killed herself for no apparent reason.

Krome said,
So because she was a "nutcase", she deserve it?
She didn't deserve to die, she chose to die. What si your issue with her choice.

Where do you live? Here in America they constantly fight over a women's right to choose. She made a choice. She wanted to die, she did what it took to die, so I guess it is fair to say she deserved to die. Seems simple?

I choose to live, thus I don't do things that are out of the ordinary that I know can cause death. So I think I deserve to live...doing anything opposite to such means I deserve to die for being stupid. Its just common sense man...!!!

TechieXP said,
I am sure he isn't heartless, he is just calling it the way it is. She was cray and stupid...plain and simple.

I personally care a lot about people. If thsi had been a accident, then I woudl feel different.

The women in question lite a fire in her room, closed all doors and windows and chatted with friends who were as crazy and stupid as she was, as they stood by and did nothing to help save her. It's that simple as he said.

A person willing to take their own life are just nutcases. I am sorry, there are very few reasons to take your own life. I woudl list one as being, if I was dying of an ailment that was surely going to kill me and I was suffering pain everyday, then killing muself would be a way out. A women who was likely in perfect physical health killed herself for no apparent reason.

Psychical pain can be as bad or worse than physical pain.
Your point is moot.

Oh and the others didn't not do anything. They likely didn't call authorities because they didn't have their address or telephone no, as the article implies.
They tried to convince her to stop, which is the best you can do when you know jacksh** about the other person real address and so on.

GS:mac

vincent said,
Why should he, she killed herself because he didn't see her on her bday. she was a nutcase...plain and simple.

Agree, she was nuts. A lot of egoistic people don't have a clue how lucky they are because they live in their small bubble and don't see things in perspective. She choose to kill herself because her boyfriend ignored here? People like her must visit links like: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=africa+famine&tbm=isch
and see REAL problems of people who still have hope and choose to live. She just contributed to natural non random selection - chose to clean gene pool on her own (sometimes these cleaners get Darwin Awards for their efforts). FYI: more than 150 000 people die every day.

vincent said,


Why should he, she killed herself because he didn't see her on her bday. she was a nutcase...plain and simple.

I kind of agree that she was insane to do something like this for such a small thing. In this im not at all pointing fingers at the BF but at the GF, she is obviously mentally unstable.