Clips of a viral video showing a suicide have been circulating on TikTok since Sunday night. The graphic video, which first appeared on Facebook Live, shows a man named Ronnie McNutt committing suicide by livestreaming his own death.
Ronnie McNutt death video goes viral on social media
Ronnie McNutt, 33, committed suicide in his New Albany, Mississippi home on August 31 while he was livestreaming from his computer.
The horrific clip of Ronnie McNutt’s suicide has been reuploaded on multiple social media platforms including TikTok, a video-sharing app that is very popular among children and teenagers.
TikTok users have been uploading footages with warning messages about a suicide video that begins with “a man with a beard” who is sitting at a desk and asking the viewers to click away and not watch it.
The warning videos appearing for TikTok users on “For You” trending page say, “if you see a video of a white man with a beard at a desk pls click off the video immediately. pls don’t attempt to find it out of curiosity. seriously.”
Many users after seeing the warning videos are commenting and discussing on how to find more info about the man killing himself in the viral video. Some users are even looking for the actual video link to watch the footage of McNutt’s death.
TikTok has released a statement on the viral video of Ronnie McNutt’s suicide:
Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide. We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family. If anyone in our community is struggling with thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is, we encourage them to seek support, and we provide access to hotlines directly from our app and in our Safety Center.
McNutt’s friends shared their grief after watching the shocking video, in which McNutt shot himself in the head. “I got too late. I was watching it trying to figure out what was going on then I called our friend to get his address and he freaking shot himself in the head. In front of his mom. He was apparently reaching out for an hour. An hour. How could no one get to him?”, one of his friends wrote.
Twitter reacts to suicide video that was live-streamed
Issue Jab wrote, “Some Guy Named Ronnie Mcnutt Killed Himself On Facebook Because He Lost His Job And In Result His Girl Friend…. I Dont Know The Dude But My Heart Goes Out To Him. We Need To Fucking Be Real With Each Other, There Are No Jobs Out Here If A Man Kills Himself When He Loses His!”
Alexis Tangman said, “Ok, whoever’s passing around the video of Ronnie McNutt’s suicide needs to knock it the fuck off. That man was my friend and what he did on that livestream was beyond traumatizing for myself and 200 other people – his mother included – who watched it happen live.”
Sam said in a tweet, “if you see a video of a man with a grey sweater and a long beard immediately report. this man is named ronie mcnutt and he committed suicide on facebook live and his video went viral. please report it and the accounts that have posted it. thank you.”
Phi wrote on Twitter, “Suicide – “i’m so terrified of that video going viral on tik tok of a guy killing himself…… i deleted tik tok but i’m still so scared.”
Danielle Bailey wrote, “It’s so sad that there’s a video going viral of a man’s suicide on tik tok. it was the single most disturbing thing I have ever seen and it gave absolutely no warning. idk why people are thinking that’s funny or “cool”.”
Zach Nelson questioned TikTok, “Would @tiktok_us like to explain why there’s a video going viral across multiple accounts of a man committing suicide on a live stream and I reported it and it was deemed not against community guidelines? Are you serious? You realize children use this app right?”
According to WHO, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan.