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Details of Chinese COSCO executive's suicide note leaked

In suicide note, Chinese COSCO executive writes of having a 'bug' with his life, an attempt to 'upgrade,' and need to 'reset'

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Jia Libin. (Image from Ta Kung Pao)

Jia Libin. (Image from Ta Kung Pao)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After news broke that a Chinese business executive from China's state-owned COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd. fell to his death from the window of the 15th floor of a hotel in Taipei City early this morning, parts of his suicide note have been leaked to the media.

The 39-year-old man, identified as COSCO managing director Jia Libin (賈利賓), jumped from a window of the 15th floor of a hotel in Taipei's Songshan District at 2 a.m. this morning, causing him to sustain fatal injuries. When police searched his hotel room, they found no sign of a struggle, but discovered that Jia had left a nine-page, hand-written suicide note in simplified Chinese.

At the beginning of the note, Jia wrote "A bug with life has led me to a death circle, I tried to upgrade, but it seems impossible to find... so I can only choose to [hit the] reset [button]. Please all kind people respect my choice," reported ETtoday. He also mentioned that his departure was his choice and had nothing to do with anyone else.

He also wrote words for his wife: "Please keep your job no matter what you do, otherwise, you and your son will have no financial resources!" For his parents, Jia wrote, "Please forgive the unfilial son for choosing to end his life this way, not because I do not cherish life, not because I am not filial to you, but because I am sick. I believed that I could it could resist it on my own, so I never sought drug therapy, but it became a serious illness," according to the report.

Police found that Jia's note mentioned that he had visited the U.S. in 2011 to seek treatment for depression, and said that he had felt he had reached a bottleneck in his life, reported CNA.

On the last page of the letter, Jia apologized for making the decision to take his life and said he hoped his relatives and friends could live a good life, before closing with the English word "FAREWELL," according to local media reports.

When Jia arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 18, he listed "enterprise exchange" as the purpose of his visit and was originally slated to leave Taiwan on Dec. 28, according to ETtoday. Police have contacted Jia's relatives via the Straits Exchange Foundation and are going to continue to review surveillance camera footage to clarify the details of the incident.

Those considering suicide should immediately call the Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center at any time at 0800-788995 or Taiwan Lifeline International at 1995. Foreign residents can call the Community Services Center's emergency hotline at 0932-594-578 at any time 24 hours a day.


Updated : 2021-01-20 15:35 GMT+08:00