Chinese vlogger posted videos of himself eating insects and drinking alcohol on the live-streaming platform DouYu and had 15,000 followers. He was found lifeless in his flat after the bizarre stunt.
Vlogger Dies Live-Streaming Himself Eating Poisonous Centipedes And Geckos
A vlogger in East China died during a live-streaming session after eating poisonous centipedes and geckos alive. The 35-year-old man, surnamed Sun, was found without vital signs in his flat in Hefei, Aunhui province when his girlfriend went to check in on him, according to Chinese reports.
The man, who was a host on DouYu, one of China's largest live-streaming platforms, had been filming himself drinking large amounts of alcohol and eating centipedes, geckos and mealworms.
His account was followed by 15,000 people on DouYu and the man would host live-stream sessions every night, according to Xinan Evening News. DouYu is a Chinese state-approved equivalent of YouTube, which is banned by communist party mandarins.
To gain more followers, he would spin a wheel marked with items including centipedes, geckos, mealworms, vinegar, eggs, beer and baijiu - a clear distilled liquor.
He will drink or eat the item the spin lands on in front of the camera, according to the report. Police said they found the man unconscious in his room and without vital signs. His computer was in live-stream mode.
They also found the food items used in his live-stream sessions on the desk in his room. Authorities have ruled out foul play in the man's death but were investigating the cause of death, the report added. His videos have been removed from DouYu.
Live-streaming videos have been a dominant trend in China, where many young people have become online celebrities and millionaires by broadcasting their daily lives, including filming themselves singing, dancing and eating.
However, many, like Sun, risk their lives just to get more views.
In November 2017, a 26-year-old internet star named Wu Yongning who was also known as 'China's first rooftopper' fell to his death from the top of a 62-storey skyscraper in Changsha while filming a video.
The former movie stuntman had one million followers on social media and was known for scaling skyscrapers without any safety equipment in more than 300 videos.
In May, a woman was left wounded after trying to eat an octopus alive during a live-stream video. The woman screamed in pain as she desperately attempted to remove the animal's tentacles from her skin.
There are about 100 live-streaming platforms in China today as authorities tighten their control on such services. Officials have closed down 73 illegal live streaming platforms in the first half of 2017 and imposed life bans on 1,879 live streamers who severely violated regulations.