There are reports emerging - some of them conflicting - that a 4chan user known as "Stephen" tried to take his own life on Saturday night by setting himself on fire. And broadcasting the whole thing.

The Daily Dot has collected a number of posts and images from 4chan, which suggest that after stating "As an oldfag who's been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community", and "I am willing to an hero on cam for you all", "Stephen" took some pills and vodka, set fire to the corner of his room, crawled under his bed and continued participating in a chat room until the end.

The Daily Dot report shows a log revealing he typed "#imdead #omgimonfire," and "I'm fuck3d" as the fire began to consume his bed.

The video of the event shows the room filling with smoke, but "Stephen" is eventually pulled from the flames by firefighters.

It's unclear what happened to the man after this. There are two local news reports of single males being rescued from fires on the night; one is a college student who survived, the other a man who was killed.

While it's easy to accuse this is being a hoax, the video - which is still available online (though viewable on a NSFW site) - does show what look like emergency workers enter the room, remove the bed and carry "Stephen" out.


There are a number of suicide prevention hotlines available in the US, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Hopeline.

4chan user sets himself on fire in livestreamed suicide attempt [The Daily Dot]

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