Men are said to have tried to sell the ashes of a dead Chinese influencer for a “ghost marriage”

A Chinese star’s ashes are said to have been stolen and almost sold for a “ghost marriage” after she died, according to several stores.

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  • The ashes of a Chinese influencer were reportedly sold almost for a “ghost marriage” after she died.
  • She reportedly followed the handle “Luoxiaomaomaozi” and had 678,000 followers on Douyin.
  • A “ghost marriage” is a tradition in which the spirits of dead people marry.
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A Chinese influencer’s ashes are said to have been stolen with intent to have a “ghost marriage” after she died from consuming pesticides on a livestream, according to Chinese media.

The woman, whose name Insider could not verify, went by the screen name “Luoxiaomaomaozi”, according to Vice. She died after drinking pesticides during live streaming on the social media platform Douyin – the Chinese version of TikTok. The influencer had expressed suicidal thoughts and some viewers encouraged her to drink the chemical, Vice reported, citing Chinese media.

She died on October 15 after emergency medical help failed to restore her health, her family reportedly confirmed with the Chinese newspaper The Paper. according to the Global Times.

In her last video for Douyin on October 14, she talked about having depression and said that this may be her last video, Vice reported. The influencer had gathered 678,000 followers and published 38 videos on Douyin before she died, according to the International Business Times.

A funeral home worker is said to have stolen the influencer’s ashes after she was cremated and worked with two other funeral staff to sell them. it reported Malay Mail. Her ashes could have sold for about 50,000 to 70,000 Chinese yuan, or about $ 7,820 (R124,221) and $ 10,950 (R173,942), a source told Chinese state media Beijing News, according to Vice.

According to the Global Times, sellers almost pledged the ashes to a buyer in order to create a “ghost marriage”, a Chinese tradition dating back 3,000 years that involves families trying to find partners for their dead children so that their spirit can flourish and not feel alone or worried in the afterlife, according to ABC News. The tradition has been illegal in China for decades but has gained a new market with “ghost matchmaker” sellers emerging, ABC News reported.

The deal to sell the influencer’s ashes did not go through and the three men suspected of stealing the ashes have been detailed by the police, the Global Times reported.

In the aftermath of the incident, many people began commenting on social media about the use of “ghost marriage” and abuse of women, according to Vice, who reported that the chat platform Weibo removed several popular hashtags associated with this influencer’s ghost marriage controversy.

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