Since the premiere of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, parents have worried that the hit drama may actually cause a spike in teenage suicides. The narrative follows the reaction to one such event and, according to some, could put susceptible teens, or adults, at risk.
Now it has finally happened. According to The Daily Mail, a man in Peru has imitated the major plot points from the show, taking his own life and creating audio tapes for his friends and loved ones to explain why he did it.
Twenty-three-year-old Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano jumped from the window of his apartment, dying instantly as his body hit the pavement.
According to Fox News, Medrano yelled, “I can’t stand a heartbreak” as he jumped.
He left two suicide notes, one to his family and another to a woman who had rejected his romantic advancements. Just like 13 Reasons Why, he also made a series of audio tapes, describing his decision and imparting final words to family and friends.
Though authorities have yet to indicate if he had actually seen the Netflix series, the parallels are eerily similar. The show’s protagonist, Hannah Baker, takes her own life and also records audio tapes for her friends and family.
A guy in Peru committed suicide, inspired by 13 reasons why. Now, explain again how it doesn't promote or glamorize suicide ?? @selenagomez
— ?Sofía? (@sarcastic_dream) June 8, 2017
After outcry from concerned parents and psychologists, Netflix added disclaimers and warnings to each episode of the hit series. It has been renewed for a second season, which will premiere sometime next year.
Anyone with suicidal thoughts can call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.
[Feature Photo: AP/Ross D. Franklin]