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Taiwanese Woman Kills Herself on Facebook

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Taiwanese Facebook user Claire Lin told her online friends that she was killing herself with charcoal fumes and posted photos to prove it, police said on Wednesday. An officer said the woman, who lived in New Taipei City, took her life on March 18 – the day she turned 31 – after an unresolved argument with her boyfriend.

Chang Jui-chuan, a Taipei-based musician and teacher who is in touch with youth culture, says social media helped Lin make a statement to her boyfriend and others close to her that would not have been possible otherwise. Lin’s Facebook final posts included comments about her death, local media reported with little editorial comment.

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