A TikTok famous teenager has killed himself after tracking down his biological parents and being rejected a "second time", his family has said.
Liu Xuezhou's story became a huge hit on Chinese social media when he posted a video last month detailing his search for his birth parents.
In the clip on Weibo and Douyin (known as TikTok in the UK) the 17-year-old asked the public for help and revealed that he was born between 2004 and 2006 before being sold to another family several months later.
His adoptive parents died when he was only four years old in a freak fireworks accident, and he was sent to live with his grandparents from the new family.
Liu excitedly shared the news with followers in December 2021 that he had been able to locate his biological parents, who had since got divorced and started new families.
But he was left disheartened when a pleasant spell after their reunion was followed by them refusing to pay for a new property for him, reports South China Morning Post.
His aunt Chai Mou revealed that he had taken his own life on a beach in Sanya in Hainan province.
Liu posted a 10,000-word essay on his social media prior to his suicide, where he said he had been “abandoned twice by his biological parents”.
He revealed that he had asked his parents to “either rent or buy a place for me because I have been homeless”, but they did not take him up on the offer as they could not afford it.
The sad letter reportedly led to internet users getting in touch with police in Sanya, and his body was eventually found by people who had watched his video on the internet.
He also wrote in the harrowing letter that he had been sexually abused by a male teacher when he was younger, but had not shared details with anyone.
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