A social media star has died after her ex-husband allegedly set her on fire while she was live streaming a video to her followers.
Tibetan star Lamu, 30, became popular in China for her videos on Douyin, the country’s version of TikTok, with more than 782,000 followers.
According to Beijing Youth Daily, Lamu was live streaming a video on September 14 when her ex-husband allegedly broke into her house with a gasoline can.
He allegedly held her down with a knife before pouring gasoline over her body with a lighter in one hand.
Alleged attack interrupts livestream
According to Beijing Youth Daily, Lamu’s fans watching the live broadcast saw it suddenly go black before hearing screams.
Following her death, tributes from fans that flooded the social media platform said she was always laughing.
She had posted more than 200 videos to the site, according to the publication.
The last video she posted to her profile was the day of the alleged incident on September 14. She filmed herself singing a traditional Tibetan song as a thank you to fans.
“Thank you to the Douyin platform for giving me so many good friends,” she wrote in a caption on the video.
“I want to dedicate [the song] to my friends from all over the world! Bless you, all your wishes come true.”
She ended it with the Tibetan greeting “Tashi Delek”, a sentiment of good health, luck and blessings to friends and strangers.
Woman dies 16 days after horrific incident
According to reports, Lamu suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body and died in hospital on September 30.
Lamu and her ex-husband had two sons aged just 12 and three. The influencers’s brother-in-law – who married Lamu’s sister – told Beijing Youth Daily his wife had told him the ex-husband would beat Lamu.
The pair got divorced in May and the ex-husband gained custody of the children because he had two homes and an expensive car.
Police identified the ex-husband as Tang in a statement and said he used gasoline before setting Lamu on fire, resulting in a large area of the body being burned.
Tang was detained on the suspicion of “intentional homicide” and police said in a statement they were continuing to investigate the death.
On September 30, police confirmed Lamu died after treatment failed.
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