Chinese influencer pays family of girl who died after copying her stunt

Inkstone 發布於 2019年09月19日13:09

A Chinese internet celebrity has agreed to pay compensation to a family whose teenage daughter died from injuries suffered in an explosion while trying to copy an internet stunt.

Ms Yeah, also known as Office Xiaoye, has more than 8 million fans on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform. She rose to fame in 2017 and is best known for making elaborate meals at work using equipment improvised from whatever she finds in the office.

The accident happened on August 22 when a 14-year-old, identified only as Zhezhe, and her 12-year-old friend, Xiaoyu, were imitating a popcorn-making trick performed by Ms Yeah,The Beijing News reported.

A 14-year-old girl died and her 12-year-old friend was badly burnt after they mimicked a cooking trick performed by an internet celebrity.

The blast happened while the two girls were heating up alcohol in two tin cans. Both were badly burned, and Zhezhe died from her injuries on September 5, Yangtze Evening News reported.

In a social media post last week, Ms Yeah denied the girls were imitating her video, saying there were many similar clips online and that she had used different methods.

"I used only one tin can and an alcohol lamp, which is safer," she said. "In Zhezhe and Xiaoyu's accident, we could clearly see that they used two cans and did not use a lamp."

She said the accident happened because the girls poured the alcohol into the cans while the flame was lit and a spark ignited a 1kg (2.2lb) bucket of condensed industrial alcohol that was beside them.

Miss Yeah is known for whipping up elaborate meals at work using improvised techniques.

She went on to say she would check all of her videos and delete any that might be considered dangerous. She said she would also help the families of the two victims.

On Monday, representatives of the internet celebrity met Zhezhe's family and agreed to pay an undisclosed sum in compensation, The Beijing News report said.

The article said her representatives were still in negotiations with the family of Xiaoyu.

The 12-year-old's relatives said she needed cosmetic surgery for her injuries but they could not afford it. Her medical bills had already cost the family 20,000 yuan ($2,800), the report said.

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