Advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather has denied that a 24-year-old employee at their Beijing office suffered a cardiac arrest due to overwork.
O&M China director Sarah Guldin told Business Insider that the employee, Li Yuan, had been on week-long sick leave prior to his death and was not working overtime.
The day he collapsed in office was his first day back at work, Guldin said.
His colleagues were quoted in a Beijing Times report saying that he seemed normal but ate less at lunch.
The Beijing Times said that Li, who was due to turn 25 this Sunday, had been experiencing stomach problems but medical tests did not reveal any problems.
His supervisor told the Beijing paper that he had let out a loud shout before collapsing at his desk on Monday.
It was previously reported that the young man had worked overtime for 30 days in a row before suffering a cardiac arrest.
Netizens flooded Li's Weibo with comments after his death.