KEY POINTS

  • Vlogger Lamu was attacked at her home on Sept. 14
  • She did not respond to treatment and succumbed to burn injuries
  • Lamu’s fans donated approximately $146,900 for her treatment

A popular Chinese social media influencer died Wednesday, nearly three weeks after her ex-husband set her ablaze during a live stream.

Vlogger Lamu was streaming live on Sept. 14 when her ex-husband broke into her home, doused her in petrol and set her ablaze in front of her family members. Her live stream suddenly cut to black screen and her followers could hear screams.

The 30-year-old woman, who has over 782,000 followers on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, was rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical condition and her family was informed that 90 percent of her body was burned. She was then transferred to a bigger hospital for treatment.

Two days after the horrific attack, Lamu’s sister took to TikTok to reveal the news. She also requested Lamu’s fans to provide financial help. Approximately $146,900 was donated to the social media star’s family within the next 24 hours.

She, however, did not respond to treatment and succumbed to burn injuries.

Investigation into the case was ongoing and the woman’s ex-husband, identified as Tang, was arrested on suspicion of intentional homicide.

Though the exact reason behind the attack was not known, some reports stated that this was an act of revenge after Lamu initiated their divorce earlier this year over domestic violence. The couple reportedly have two children.

The incident comes a few months after a man set his wife on fire during an argument in Surabaya, Indonesia. Purwanto and his wife Putri were married for two months when the incident took place. They argued regularly and one day, the fight got out of control and 45-year-old man set his wife ablaze in a fit of rage. Upon hearing the woman’s screams, the owner of the home rushed to the scene and found Putri with burns on her legs, feet, and face.

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