iPhone Suicide: FoxConn Worker Sun Danyong Lost iPhone Prototype
Sun Danyong, a worker at the Foxconn factory, which manufactures the iPhone, has committed suicide. Police are investigating the case, in which the employee was supposedly pressured over the loss of an iPhone 4G prototype.
When Sun Danyong sent the 16 prototypes to California this month, only 15 arrived, and Foxconn allegedly treated Sun as though he stole the missing handset. Sun Danyong apparently jumped from the top of a 12-storey building.
His former classmates told Chinese newspapers that during the investigation into the missing phone he was beaten, his house was searched and he was locked up in a room.
In an online chat with his friends, he described his experience as one of the most humiliating in his life.
Sun Danyong was also harassed by a security official at the factory, and so the police are treating this as a possible murder case.
Sun Danyong, 25, was tasked with sending 16 fourth-generation iPhone prototypes to Apple this month, but Apple only received 15 when the package arrived, according to Chinese media. Sun reportedly leaped from his apartment window last week, though police are investigating whether he may have been murdered, the Shanghai Daily said.