A young man in Peru committed suicide, and eerily looked to Netflix series 13 Reasons Why for inspiration.
According to news outlet Diario Clarin, Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano jumped from his balcony on the fourth floor, yelling, "I can't stand the heartbreak" as he fell. Though he survived the fall, he was later pronounced dead at San Juan de Dios hospital. His mother was reportedly present during the suicide.
After his death, police found two suicide notes at his apartment, one to a woman named Claudia, and another containing a list of names to people he had recordings for. These names were "the reasons he committed suicide," just as in the Netflix show co-produced by Selena Gomez.
Though there is no official evidence as to whether or not the suicide directly points to the show, many will claim that this is exactly what they were worried about (and why it was banned from schools worldwide) all along regarding the show's content.
Last month, Netflix updated its trigger warnings for the show, amidst backlash from criticizers.
"While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories. Currently the episodes that carry graphic content are identified as such and the series overall carries a TV-MA rating. Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series and have also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info — a global resource center that provides information about professional organizations that support help around the serious matters addressed in the show," the statement read.