Iraq war veteran takes his own life in Facebook live video

An Iraq war veteran reportedly took his own live during a Facebook live video that spread to multiple social media platforms.

Citing the Daily Star, the New York Post reports that 33-year-old Ronnie McNutt fatally shot himself in the head while recording a Facebook live stream on August 31. An online obituary appears to confirm McNutt’s death. According to the obituary, McNutt is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq. He lived in New Albany, Mississippi, at the time of his death and worked at a Toyota plant. He was also involved in theater.

The video of McNutt’s death has reportedly been seen on multiple social media platforms, including TikTok. According to the Daily Star report, some have used social media to warn others who might encounter the disturbing video.

“If you see this guy on your FYP [For You page] please scroll up immediately, it’s very gruesome and I highly suggest you stay away from TikTok for a while,” someone wrote on Twitter, according to the report.

A spokesperson for Facebook reportedly told the Mirror that the video was removed from Facebook the first day it was posted. Other social media platforms are reportedly working to halt its circulation.

A memorial Facebook page dedicated to McNutt shows that his final post was a message about reaching out to others who are in crisis.

If you are someone you know is facing suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-7 support at 800-273-8255.

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[Feature image: Ronnie McNutt/Facebook]