reports that Claire Lin, also called Lin Mei-heng, posted messages on Facebook saying she wanted to take her life in her home in a suburb of Taipei, after her boyfriend failed to spend the evening with her in her flat on her birthday.
According to Daily Mail
, Lin's friends pleaded with her not to kill herself during a live chat with her on Facebook, but not one of them attempted to alert the authorities even after Lin told them that her room was filled with poisonous fumes and that she was dying. According to Taipei police, she continued chatting on Facebook with her nine friends as she gradually died inhaling poisonous fumes.
reports her friends tried to stop her taking her life, and some tried to trace her address on their own, but none reported to the police. One of her Facebook friends identified as Chung, did not respond to attempts by reporters to reach him for his comments on the incident.
reports that a picture posted on Facebook from her mobile phone, showed how she killed herself. She died after inhaling fumes from a burning charcoal stove placed next to two stuffed animals. Another photo she posted online showed her room filled with fumes from the stove after she had closed the door and windows. According to police officer Hsieh Ku-ming, Lin took her life on March 18, her 31st birthday. Her family reported the suicide soon after she died, but they were unaware that she had been running a commentary about her suicide with nine friends on Facebook.
One of her nine Facebook friends called Chung Hsin, told Lin during the suicide chat: "Be calm, open the window, put out the charcoal fire, please, I beg you."
Lin replied her friend: "The fumes are suffocating. They fill my eyes with tears. Don't write me anymore."
Her final words written in Chinese, said: "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."
reports Lin took her own life because she was unhappy that her boyfried refused to return home with her on her birthday and was ignoring her. AFP
reports that her boyfriend visited her flat in the morning, found her dead and informed her family.
Police officer Hsieh regretted that non of Lin's friends called the police during the suicide attempt that lasted 67 minutes. Hsieh said: "It could be true that it would be hard to track down a Facebook friend without her address or phone contact."
A sociologist Chai Ben-rei, at Taiwan's Feng Chia University, said the incident was a reflection of "social isolation in the Internet age." He said: "People may have doubts about what they see on the Internet because of its virtual nature, and fail to take action on it."
reports the police closed the case after investigation showed she was not murdered.
The police and Lin's family were not aware of the suicide chat until one of her Facebook friends involved in the chat informed a local Daily newspaper. A police spokesman said: "Even we were surprised when reading the newspaper report today."