Chinese vlogger dies after being ‘set on fire by ex during live stream’

 Chinese vlogger dies after being ‘set on fire by ex during live stream’

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A Chinese influencer has died after her ex-husband allegedly doused her in petrol and set fire to her as she was attempting to live stream, said local media reports.

Lamu was popular on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, where she had hundreds of thousands of followers.

Lamu suffered burns on 90% of her body and died two weeks after the attack.

The case has prompted conversation on social media about violence against women in China.

Lamu, 30, from China’s Sichuan province, was known for her happy posts on rural life and was praised for not using make up in her videos, which had millions of likes.

According to state-media outlet the Beijing Youth Daily, Lamu’s screen went black soon after she started livestreaming on 14 September.

Her ex-husband, identified only by his surname Tang, had allegedly broken into her house armed with a knife and petrol.

A statement from Jinchuan County Public Security Bureau said that after the attack on 14 September, she was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital for further treatment.

Lamu died on 30 September.

According to the Beijing Youth Daily, Tang reportedly had a history of domestic violence.

Lamu’s brother-in-law, identified as Mr Luo, said he had heard his wife “mention that her sister was often beaten by Tang”.

Lamu reportedly divorced Tang earlier this year in May – the pair have two children, and each gained custody of one child.

Shortly afterwards, Tang threatened to kill one child if Lamu did not re-marry him, said the news report.

She did, but ended up running away from him. Unable to find her, he reportedly questioned her relatives – Lamu’s sister, who refused to reveal her whereabouts, was also beaten by Tang.

Family members said this incident was reported to the police who, according to them, took no action.

She eventually divorced him again and he gained custody of both children.

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