Video game CEO and Netflix producer dies after drinking allegedly poisoned tea on Christmas Day


Chinese CEO of video game developer Yoozoo Group and upcoming Netflix producer died on Christmas day after allegedly being poisoned by a colleague.

The billionaire, Li Qi, became ill and was hospitalized on December 16. Shortly after losing his ability to walk, Qi was reportedly placed under critical care for treatment, according to Shanghai police.

After multiple attempts to resuscitate his heart, Qi died with symptoms of “acute illness,” according to NPR.

Qi’s video game company was best known for the game “Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming,” based off of HBO's hit series staring Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke.

Prior to his death, the video game tycoon was set to partner with streaming giant, Netflix, to create a high-profile project based on the best-selling Chinese book series, "The Three Body Problem."

Qi’s company, Yoozoo Group, acquired the rights to the series back in 2015. Netflix announced in September that the new series would include “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Lin was set to work as the Executive Producer on the project.

Due to personnel changes and difficulties on set, the project was put on hold, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Following Qi's death, Shanghai police detained colleague Xu Yao on December 24 for allegedly poisoning Qi. Qi died the next day, on December 25th.

Yao, the main suspect in the poisoning is the senior executive in Yoozoo’s film and television division. Local reports state that Yao poisoned Xi with a cup of tea.

Lin Qi died at the age of 39.

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