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Man dies after live streaming suicide attempt on Facebook

Jared McLemore, 33, a well-known musician in Memphis, ran inside Murphy’s bar early on Saturday morning seconds after setting himself on fire in a parking lot across the street.

world Updated: May 14, 2017 16:20 IST
The live-stream shows McLemore dousing himself with kerosene. The frantic screams of witnesses can be heard in the background.
The live-stream shows McLemore dousing himself with kerosene. The frantic screams of witnesses can be heard in the background.(Reuters file for representation)

A man died at a hospital in the US after live streaming his suicide on social networking site Facebook, the media reported on Saturday.

According to witnesses, Jared McLemore, 33, a well-known musician in Memphis, ran inside Murphy’s bar early on Saturday morning seconds after setting himself on fire in a parking lot across the street.

The live-stream shows McLemore dousing himself with kerosene. The frantic screams of witnesses can be heard in the background.

“The overwhelming smell of kerosene filled the room,” Jim Duckworth, a witness was quoted as saying to wreg.com.

“It looked like a movie, like someone wearing a flame-retardant suit...There were some people who thought that it was a joke,” Kimberly Koehler, another witness.

Koehler said McLemore’s former girlfriend, against whom he has a history of domestic violence, was working just a feet away.

‘It was almost like he waited for us to be over so that he would be the centre of attention. He wanted it to go down in some sick way and for everybody to see it,’ Koehler said.

Court records show McLemore was arrested in August, 2016 after strangling his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her on two different occasions one day apart.

He was ordered to undergo mental evaluations and was sentenced to probation in April, 2017 on domestic assault charges.

Another man was seriously burned trying to kick the lighter out of McLemore’s hand, but he is expected to be okay, the police said.