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4chan User’s Suicide Attempt refers to a livestreamed video in which a 4chan user known as “Steven” sets his college dorm room on fire in a self-professed attempt to take his own life in November 2013.
On November 30th, 2013, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread claiming he would be ending his own life on a live video feed.
Tonight I will be ending my own life. I’ve been spending the last hour making the preparations and I’m ready to go through with it. As an oldfag who’s been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community in the best way possible: I am willing to an hero on cam for you all.
The user subsequently joined a video chatroom on the website Chateen, which quickly filled up to 200 viewers. In front of the online audience, he swallowed several unidentified pills with vodka and set a fire in the corner of the room before crawling under his bed. At the end of the video, firefighters can be seen entering the room and pulling him out to safety.
On November 30th, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article that a man had been pronounced dead at the scene of a fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On the following day, the @YourAnonNews Twitter feed posted a link to the article, speculating that the deceased man was the suicidal 4chan user.
Suicidal 4chan user killed himself yesterday by setting his room on fire. Event streamed online. 200 people watched http://t.co/vYgi9lFlw5— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) December 1, 2013
Also on December 1st, the Guelph Mercury reported that a 20-year-old man had been injured in a dorm room fire at the University of Guelph campus in Ontario, Canada. The same day, CBC News published an article about the incident, quoting the university’s vice president of student affairs who revealed the fire had been deliberately set by the injured student.
News Media Coverage
In the coming days, several news sites published article about the livestreamed suicide attempting, including The Daily Dot, The Independent, The Daily Mail,Gawker,IBI Times and Complex.
Guelph Mercury – One person hurt in University of Guelph residence fire
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Man pronounced dead at scene of 3-alarm fire in Spring Garden