Last week’s passing of Chinese singer-actor Kimi Qiao (Qiao Ren Liang) at the age of 28 years old from depression-induced suicide has rocked the entertainment industry but no one is more affected than his parents. He was an only child not to mention by all accounts a dutiful, considerate, and loving son, the type to call his mom that he was coming to see her but also telling her not to cook dinner as he was bringing food over.
This week Kimi’s poor dad had to go to the police to file a harassment, blackmail, and cyber crime report against an anonymous netizen who posted a picture taken by the police at the scene of Kimi’s passing, and demanded a payment before he would take down the picture and post. It’s the lowest of the low and made me heave in disgust and pain for his parents. There are also reportedly fake fansites asking for donations as well, so clearly the dredges of society remain ready to pounce. My heart goes out to Kimi’s parents and I hope Kimi’s rest and memory will not be disturbed further.