- Liu Xuezhou, the Chinese teenager whose biological parents sold him at birth and rejected him upon reunion, has died by sucide.
- The 17-year-old college student reportedly overdosed with antidepressants and was found dead on a beach in Hainan Province.
- Liu left what appeared to be a suicide note on Weibo, recalling his life’s misfortunes.
Chinese teenager Liu Xuezhou has died by suicide after being cyberbullied for his viral life story of being sold at birth and rejected twice by his biological parents.
The 17-year-old college student from China’s Hebei Province was found dead on a beach in Sanya, Hainan Province, on Monday morning, Sanya Police told The Paper.
The police received several reports from concerned netizens after Liu had reportedly left what appeared to be a 10,000-word suicide note on Weibo. In the letter, he recalled being abandoned by his biological parents, who had sold him at birth and rejected him upon their recent reunion, and his mental struggles resulting from cyberbullying as a result of his life story going viral in recent weeks. He also alleged that he was molested as a junior high school student by a male teacher, according to Global Times.
Liu reportedly took an excessive dosage of antidepressants. He was later rushed to a hospital, and his death was confirmed at around 4 a.m. local time.
“There have been people attacking and cursing me on Douyin and Weibo in the past couple of days,” Liu wrote in his Weibo post, as translated by the South China Morning Post. “I have been told to ‘go to hell’ and have been called various curse names, such as ‘scheming son of a b*tch’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘sissy.’”
Liu was sold by his biological parents in 2005, and his adoptive parents died in a home explosion when he was 4 years old, NextShark previously reported. While his adoptive grandparents took him in, he was passed around between relatives.
The teen was left heartbroken after being rejected upon reunions with his biological parents, who had since divorced and started new families with children. Liu had reportedly asked them to buy or rent him a place to stay because he had been homeless, but they refused as they were “not well-off enough for that.” He planned to sue his biological parents for refusing to accept him and help him financially.
In addition to the many netizens who criticized Liu for reaching out to his biological parents asking for help, he had apparently experienced bullying in real life throughout primary school, according to his note.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For a list of international suicide hotlines, click here.
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