Shocking video captured the moment a desperate steel mill worker in China took his own life by jumping into a blast furnace after allegedly losing just over $ 9,000 in the stock market.
Wang Long, 34, an employee of the Baogang Group in Baotou, Inner Monglia, is seen removing his helmet and gloves and laying them on the ground while hesitating before plunging into the molten steel, the South China Morning Post reported. .
“He disappeared just instantly,” said a worker watching the Xiaoxiang Morning Post surveillance footage.
The company said Wang was missing on March 24 while on night duty at the facility, leading to a search for staff.
“We are very sorry for his death. We proactively append to family feelings and conduct psychological counseling for our workers, “the company said in a statement, according to the South China Morning Post.
Police have determined Wang’s death as a suicide.
His employees said he had been trading stocks and futures for a long time.
Police said they believe he took his life because he had a high loan debt after allegedly losing over 60,000 yuan – around $ 9,130 - in the stock market.
Users of China’s social media platform Weibo expressed their sadness over Wang’s death.
“Like leeks [a term for individual stock investors in China] Like him, I feel for him, “said one person.
Another wrote: “Life is precious. Too bad he lost his life at such a young age! ”
In April 2020, a 47-year-old man also committed suicide in China for similar reasons by jumping from a high-rise building at a hospital in the city of Putian, the news committee reported.
He had lost over one million yuan – $ 152,000 – in the stock market, officials said.