Tragic news, everyone. Actor Kimi Qiao (Qiao Ren Liang), who’s notably known for his roles in Legend of Luzhen and Cruel Romance, has been reported dead at his residential building on the 16th of September at 18:21. A reporter from Xinmin Evening News learned from Putuo Branch of Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau that on the evening of September 16th at 18:21, a man has been killed at his residential building in Taopu town, Putuo District, Shanghai. As the police arrived on the scene, they investigated that the victim was a 28-year old man from Shanghai whose surname is Qiao. The man was later identified to be Kimi Qiao. All the news outlets are reporting about this, including Sohu.
Initial reports state that it was a homicide, but that was later ruled out by the police. Tons of rumors surrounding his death have been circulating around on Weibo since then, including death by BDSM play with a director, suicide caused by years of depression and some reports state death by suffocation due to a plastic bag over his head. His studio has confirmed his passing, as well as his friends in the industry, and asks everyone to let him rest in peace. They kindly ask everyone to put a stop to these rumors as to not tarnish his image and respect his passing. His death is still under further investigation. We will update you as more confirmed info gets released.
UPDATE 17/09: His agency released an official statement today, confirming the cause of his death to be suicide. Kimi has been suffering from insomnia and severe depression for years, which led his agency to cut back his activities this year. But in the end, that did not help and as a final resort, he ended his own life.
On Weibo, plenty of celebrities have expressed their mourning and condolences, including Tang Yan, Li Yifeng, Yang Rong, Zhang Yixing, Wang Kai, Kris Wu, etc.
In the meantime, let’s pay our respects to our lovely Kimi and express our sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones 😦 Rest in peace, Kimi. So sad to see a talented and young actor go…