Yoozoo CEO and Netflix Executive Producer for ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ Lin Qi, Dies After Alleged Poisoning

We’re literally on the verge of 2020 and bad things are still happening. What has this year come to?

Lin Qi, the Chairman and CEO of Yoozoo as well as an executive producer for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Liu Cixin’s sci-fi book trilogy, The Three-Body Problem, has died after allegedly being poisoned by a workmate.

Lin’s death was reported by the local media alongside the confirmation from Yoozoo themselves through a statement posted on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. It stated that Lin passed on the 25th of December, but did not provide further details regarding his death.

A couple of days ago, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government said that there was a likely chance one of his colleagues was responsible for the poisoning. Reportedly, the said colleague has been detained, in the meantime, as part of the investigation. According to Yoozoo, the man had the surname Xu and was working for the film and TV branch of the company.

The Three-Body Problem is a popular sci-fi book trilogy by author Liu Cixin. A couple of months ago, legendary series Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, were set to work on the project as Netflix acquired the rights from Yoozoo Group.

This isn’t the first time, however, Yoozoo and Game of Thrones have partnered up. Yoozoo was responsible for the Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming online video game.

As for the company, Yoozoo, Lin was the shareholder of 24% of the business. It has also been said that the board of directors paid “the highest respect to Mr. Lin Qi for his contribution,” the statement (translated from Chinese) said. Yoozoo will select “suitable chairman and general manager candidates as soon as possible,” it added.

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