Popular Chinese cosplayer Liu Youling, who is also known and referred to on social media as Jovie Liu, has reportedly died after drowning in a swimming pool during a photo shoot on the island of Saipan in the Western Pacific.
The tragic accident happened on Sept. 25 when Jovie, along with her crew, were doing a photo shoot at the Sea Fun Villa in Saipan, according to Chinese news outlet Beijing News.
Her makeup artist told reporters that Jovie was flushed by a strong water current into a 9.8 feet (3 meters) deep water zone as translated by Daily Mail.
It took the hotel staff two to three minutes before they could pull Jovie’s body from the water. Unfortunately, she was already in a state of coma when they arrived in Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in Garapan, Saipan.
The 25-year-old cosplayer and occasional photographer was pronounced dead the following day. Doctors said that the cause of her death is due to the lack of oxygen to the brain. The hospital did not release any other further details about Jovie’s death.
Reports from Chinese media noted that her family has already been informed about the tragic news, the Daily Mirror reported.
Jovie, who is from Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in east China, was one of the most enthusiastic cosplayers in the country. She can be often found in front of the camera, but sometimes she also takes the lens to shoot some of her models.
Many of her fans were shocked after hearing the tragic news, with some leaving their condolences on her social media accounts.
Qi Bao, the same company who organized the photo shoot for Jovie, was set to hold a memorial service for the model and photographer on Sept. 30.
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