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Chinese crematorium worker live-streams dozens of videos of bodies being cremated

Live-streaming platform, Kuaishou, has shut down the employee’s Chengdu Funeral Services account and videos are no longer available

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, 11:58am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, 12:22pm

A Chinese man who works at a crematorium had his live-streaming account shut down after he posted live videos showing dead bodies being cremated, mainland media reported.

The Chengdu resident, in Sichuan province had filmed dozens of videos featuring close-up images of dead bodies being dressed up and cremated on the popular platform, Kuaishou, the local news portal Newssc.org reported.

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Social media users had discovered the man, who is about 20 years old, was an employee at the local crematorium, the report said.

The man had also added text comments to the videos he uploaded.

“Come quickly to warm yourself at the fire,” he commented on one video showing flames inside the cremation chamber.

“Accidental death, don’t click in if you are too timid,” he warned on another one, which showed a body wrapped in yellow cloth lying inside the morgue.

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Some of the videos showed family members paying their last respects to their dead relatives at the entrance to the cremation chamber.

In others, bodies were shown being carried into the crematorium on stretchers.

“It is not easy to get dead bodies in on such a cold day,” the man said.

The live-streaming platform closed down his account, Chengdu Funeral Services, on Tuesday, the report said.

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The videos are no longer available online.

The report did not say whether the man would be disciplined by his employer.