Peruvian man mimics ’13 Reasons Why,’ leaves behind tapes after suicide
A Peruvian man took his life and left behind tapes to those who reportedly drove him to his death in a move similar to the plot of Netflix’s hit series “13 Reasons Why.”
Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano, 23, an industrial engineer, jumped from the fourth floor of his apartment building, according to Peruvian media outlet Diario Clarin. He survived the jump but died later at the San Juan de Dios Hospital. Peruvian media outlets did not specify the exact timing of Medrano’s death.
Medrano reportedly yelled: “I can’t stand a heartbreak,” when he jumped.
Peruvian police reportedly discovered two suicide notes; one to a woman named Claudia and a letter of instructions while investigating. The instructions mapped out who would receive tapes Medrano recorded and stored on his computer, according to local press. The audio recordings were for the people who reportedly drove Medrano to take his life.
The aftermath of Medrano’s death draws similarities to the plot of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” The series follows a girl, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide and sends tapes she recorded to certain people explaining why and how they pushed her to take her life.
It is not clear if Medrano was inspired by the television show.
Although popular, “13 Reasons Why” has received widespread criticism from parents to mental health centers who warned the show could be a trigger, especially to those who are having suicidal thoughts, according to the National Association of School Psychologists.
Netflix has since added warnings to viewers at the beginning of each episode.
“There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series, ‘13 Reasons Why,’” Netflix said in a statement to People. “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. 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.”
Netflix has not replied to Fox News’ request for comment regarding the incident.