Man Attempts Suicide After Internet Idol's Retirement

Since Zhou Yingxin is no longer a public figure, Taiwanese TV media has been pixellating her photos for privacy in the wake this incident. Photo: Zhou Yingxin Dora (Facebook)

According to Taiwanese news reports, a 48-year-old Japanese man attempted to kill himself this weekend after an internet idol Zhou Yingxin announced her retirement. Thankfully, his attempt was unsuccessful.


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Taiwan News and the TV media report that on Saturday afternoon near Nankang Software Park, the man had stabbed himself in the stomach in what appears to be an attempted seppuku (ritual suicide). One passerby intervened, and according to Taiwan News, the wound was minor and not life-threatening. The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Warning: The linked clip in the screenshot credit below shows images of the incident. Screenshot: 東森新聞 CH51

Internet celebrity Zhou Yingxin, aka Dora, was on hand at Nankang Software Park that day. With over one hundred Facebook followers, she often appeared at tech show and game promotional events as a booth companion or official cosplayer. This Saturday was her last public event, seeming to appear at a car-related show.

According to Taiwan News, the man told authorities he attempted suicide because Dora was retiring and would no longer be uploading photos or making public appearances. He had travelled to Taiwan to see her last public event.


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      Only obsessed enough to give himself a 3mm wound with a pathetically tiny blade. He basically pricked himself.

      Not that I am suggesting he should have done a better job of it.

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          *sigh*

          Not that I am suggesting he should have done a better job of it.

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        Mate, you are.

        Regardless of the detail here, it's being reported that a person attempted suicide, and you're very clearly suggesting that he was a wuss about the sincerity of that attempt; The implication being that if he was serious he would have just killed himself or at least done more damage.

        Why on earth would you feel the need to weigh in like that? Just don't do that.

        "Not that I am suggesting he should have done a better job of it" is not a get-out-of-jail-free card here.

        Last edited 04/04/18 2:12 pm

          The implication is that maybe he wasn't *actually* trying to kill himself but was just an attention-seeking loony who wanted senpai to notice him.

        Pretty sure that being obsessed enough to self-harm is "too obsessed" regardless of the degree of injury.

    Goddammit, Japan.

      Taiwan. But yeah, this could easily have happened in Japan.

        Oh yeah, it was in the big Taipei electronics district. But the guy was an imported Japanese weird fan.

    "With over one hundred Facebook followers, she often appeared at tech show and game promotional events"

    One hundred followers? That's huge!

      They are referring to the fact that 100 people were with her at the time. not that she only has 100 Facebook followers. It's just badly worded.

    Why is her face blurred out in those photos?

      It's in the photo caption.

      "Since Zhou Yingxin is no longer a public figure, Taiwanese TV media has been pixellating her photos for privacy in the wake this incident. Photo: Zhou Yingxin Dora (Facebook)"

      Since Zhou Yingxin is no longer a public figure, Taiwanese TV media has been pixellating her photos for privacy in the wake this incident.

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