Taiwanese actress who committed suicide said she was cyberbullied

Taiwanese actress who committed suicide said she was cyberbullied

Taiwanese model and television host Peng Hsin-yi was found dead at her residence last Tuesday in what police have described as an apparent suicide, reported The China Post.

The 24-year-old actress, who is known by her stage name Cindy, was found at her Taichung residence along with a helium bottle and a farewell letter, said police.

According to the police, Peng claimed her co-workers and bullying on the Internet were the reasons for her suicide.

Peng was a host on variety show Love Player between 2011 and 2013 and recently starred in movie First of May. She also made regular appearances on TV show University.

Taipei Times reported that netizens claimed a Facebook fanpage called "Kao Bei Bloggers" regularly posted messages attacking Peng.

After news of her death broke, Peng's fans have flooded social media platforms, leaving messages on her Facebook page. Some condemned other netizens for making anonymous posts attacking people on "Kao Bei Bloggers", reported Taipei Times.

Peng's father, who is the former Council of Agriculture minister Peng Tso-kwei, posted a photo of himself with his daughter, saying he wished his daughter "never had to grow up and would be by his side all the time, everywhere".

Her funeral was held on Saturday in Taichung.

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