A live streamer from China tragically lost his life after engaging in drinking challenges with fellow streamers. The streamer, known as Brother Three Thousand, was found deceased in his residence on May 16, according to a statement from a friend to Chinese media.
On the previous night, Brother Three Thousand had streamed a video where he consumed four bottles of baijiu, a potent Chinese grain liquor known for its high alcohol content ranging from 35 to 60 percent.
In the video, he poured some baijiu onto a table and ignited it, presumably to showcase its authenticity, before finishing the remainder of the bottle.
He repeated this process with three more bottles, supposedly as a forfeit after losing drinking challenges to other streamers, who competed in terms of speed and quantity of alcohol consumption.
Witnesses who watched Brother Three Thousand’s live stream estimated that he consumed at least seven bottles of baijiu that night.
A friend named Mr. Zhao, who appeared in past videos alongside Brother Three Thousand, informed Chinese media that the streamer’s lifeless body was discovered around 1 p.m, approximately 12 hours after his final streamed video. Mr. Zhao suspected that his friend had been drinking even before commencing the streaming session.
Brother Three Thousand’s cremation took place on Saturday, as reported by Chinese media. Mr. Zhao shared a video in memory of Brother Three Thousand, expressing his wish for him to be free from similar challenges and baijiu consumption in heaven.
Due to his excessive drinking during live streams, Brother Three Thousand had multiple accounts on the video-sharing platform Douyin shut down. Douyin prohibits content creators from consuming alcohol during their broadcasts. Nonetheless, Brother Three Thousand would create new accounts, and his latest one had garnered around 44,000 followers.
In a previous video, Brother Three Thousand had made a promise to consume a substantial quantity of baijiu once he reached a donation target set by his viewers.
The untimely death of Brother Three Thousand, seemingly resulting from his binge-drinking live streams, once again brings attention to the risky stunts some streamers perform in their pursuit of monetary “gifts” from their audience.