The warnings about “13 Reasons Why” seem to have been warranted.
A 23-year-old Peruvian man took his life and left behind tapes for people in his life, just like in the Netflix hit show.
Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano, an industrial engineer, jumped from the fourth floor of his apartment, according to Peruvian news outlet Diario Clarín.
He survived the fall, but was declared dead after being transported to the San Juan de Dios hospital.
During an investigation, police found a goodbye note to someone named Claudio and another note with instructions to deliver tapes that he’d recorded on his computer, according to the newspaper.
Police initially ruled out a third party in Medrano’s suicide, but his tapes are very similar to those from “13 Reasons Why,” in which Hannah Baker leaves tapes for people in her life who she blames for her suicide.
After complaints from suicide prevention groups, Netflix added warnings to the show.
The Netflix show has been blasted by suicide prevention groups, leading to the streaming service to put a warning before every episode.
“There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series, ‘13 Reasons Why.’ While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting an important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories,” the streaming company said in a statement.
“Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series.”
Selena Gomez, who co-produced the show, also defended the sensitive matter.
“We stayed very true to the book and that’s initially what Jay Asher created was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story and I think that’s what we wanted to do,” she said.
“We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, (the backlash is) gonna come no matter what. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.”
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