netflix producer lin qi dead after poisoning

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Netflix producer dead after co-worker allegedly poisoned his tea

Lin Qi was working with the 'Game of Thrones' showrunners on an upcoming project.


Eilish O'Sullivan

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Posted on Dec 26, 2020   Updated on Dec 26, 2020, 11:07 am CST

Netflix series producer Lin Qi, who was working with the Game of Thrones showrunners on an upcoming project, is dead at 39 after his tea was allegedly poisoned by a co-worker.

Earlier in the week, police in Shanghai announced that the chairman and CEO of Yoozoo, a Chinese entertainment company, was hospitalized on Dec. 16. Yoozoo confirmed Lin died on Friday, according to Deadline.

It has been reported that one of Lin’s co-workers is in police custody and is a lead suspect in the poisoning. Chinese media outlets identified the suspect as 39-year-old Xu Yao, a senior executive in Yoozoo’s film and television division. There was reportedly a “dispute among the Chinese entertainment company’s executive ranks” prior to the poisoning. Xu allegedly poisoned Lin’s cup of pu-erh tea.

“At 5pm on Dec 17, 2020, the police received a call from a hospital regarding a patient surnamed Lin. During the patient’s treatment, the hospital said it had determined that the patient had been poisoned. Following the call, the police began an investigation. According to investigations on site and further interviews, the police found that a suspect surnamed Xu, who is a coworker of the victim Lin, was the most likely the perpetrator. The suspect Xu has been arrested and investigations continue,” the Shanghai Public Security Bureau wrote in a public statement on Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Alongside David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Lin is credited as a producer on Netflix’s upcoming series The Three-Body Problem.

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2020, 11:01 am CST