Death of Eden Knight
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The Death of Eden Knight refers to the suicide of 23-year-old trans woman Eden Knight that occurred in March 2023 when Knight posted her suicide note to her Twitter account @CYBERANGELFAERY. According to Knight, she was being forced out of the U.S. by her family in Saudi Arabia who was set to make her detransition from female to male. The event caused viral discourse on social media, specifically within LGBTQ+ circles. Much of the discourse also centered on Knight's purportedly powerful Saudi family, the Al-Shathri family, and her father Dr. Fahad Al-Shathri who was the Deputy Governor for Supervision at the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) at the time of her death.
At the time of her death in March 2023, Eden Knight had grown a large following of over 22,000 on her Twitter account @CYBERANGELFAERY, which three months prior (in December 2022) had only over 12,700 followers. Knight often shared shitposting-type memes, many of which were related to being a drainer and trans.
On March 12th, 2023, Knight posted to Twitter, "Final Message," and attached a TwitLonger link that led to an apparent suicide note. The tweet received roughly 42,400 likes in five days. Her TwitLonger post was roughly 1,000 words and started with her writing, "hi. If you’re reading this, I’ve already killed myself."
It went on to state that Knight was coaxed into detransitioning by a Saudi lawyer seemingly hired by her parents overseas. At the time, Knight was illegally in the U.S. and the lawyer was able to make her dependent on him over the fear of her deportation. Eventually, she went back to Saudi Arabia where her situation became worse as her parents were trying to stop her from taking HRT. This purportedly resulted in her decision to take her own life (full text shown below, click to expand).
Not long after Knight's "Final Message" tweet, posts from her family on Twitter and Telegram accounts surfaced that stated Knight had died.
On March 13th, 2023, Twitter user @punishedmother posted a tweet that attached a Google Doc titled "Eden Abduction Details," which included multiple pages of details about Knight's background, family and death, compiled by Knight's American and internet friends.
According to the document, Knight was living in the U.S. while in college and came out as trans during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was also revealed that Knight came from a powerful Saudi family called the Al-Shathri family. Her father's name was Dr. Fahad Al-Shathri and he was the Deputy Governor for Supervision at the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA). Over the course of four days, @punishedmother's tweet gained roughly 31,400 likes (shown below).
Going into late March 2023, multiple news outlets published articles about Eden Knight's death, sourcing evidence and details from Knight's TwitLonger post and @punishedmother's Google Doc. For instance, VICE News writer Anya Zoledziowski published an article about Knight's death on March 16th. Rolling Stone writer Miles Klee also published an article on March 16th.
Various reactions to Knight's death and story surfaced on social media soon after her death. For instance, on March 13th, 2023, Twitter user @jhoongism relayed the story in a tweet that received roughly 2,100 likes in four days (shown below, left). On March 16th, 2023, Twitter user @EuphoriTori tweeted a screenshot from YouTube showing that Philip Defranco had covered Knight's story in a recent video. @EuphoriTori captioned the image, "holy shit he covered it," and gained roughly 15,000 likes in one day (shown below, right).
Meanwhile, Defranco's YouTube video about Knight, which was uploaded on March 16th, gained roughly 600,000 views in one day (shown below, left). On the same day, other YouTubers covered the story, such as YouTuber and streamer Vaush whose video titled "Why Telling Eden's Story Is Important" gained roughly 123,000 views in one day (shown below, right).
Sun Emoji 🔆
Bright Button Emoji 🔆, unofficially referred to as Sun Emoji is a an emoji of a yellow circle with several rays coming out of it. The emoji has been used by Twitter users honoring the memory of Eden Knight, a 23-year-old transgender woman who committed suicide in March 2023. Due to reported earlier unrelated instances of the emoji being used by white supremacists, the use of the emoji has been a subject of viral debates within the transgender community.
 Twitter – @CYBERANGELFAERY
 Twitter (via Wayback Machine) – @CYBERANGELFAERY
 Twitter – @CYBERANGELFAERY
 Twitlonger – Final Message
 Twitter – @Shathri_family
 Twitter – @punishedmother
 Google Doc – Eden Abduction Details
 Zatca – Dr. Fahad Bin Ibrahim Al-Shathri
 Vice – A Young Saudi Trans Woman Is Believed Dead After Being Lured From the US and Forced to Detransition
 The Rolling Stone – Saudi Trans Woman’s Devastating Suicide Note Leaves Her Community Outraged
 Twitter – @jhoongism
 Twitter – @EuphoriTori
 YouTube – THE TRUTH About Eden Knight, HasanAbi, Ben Shapiro Wants to Punish Poor Kids, & Today's News
 YouTube – Why Telling Eden's Story Is Important
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