What was Lin Qi's net worth? Chinese producer, 39, on Netflix's 'The Three-Body Problem' dies after being poisoned
According to the Chinese company SZSE, Lin died on Christmas Day. He was 39.
Lin Qi, the chairman of Yoozoo Group, a video game developer and publisher of browser games, was allegedly poisoned in an attempted murder by a coworker, the Shanghai police had announced earlier in the week. Qi, who is a producer in Netflix's upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi bestseller 'The Three-Body Problem', was hospitalized after the suspected murder attempt. According to the Chinese company SZSE, Lin died on Christmas Day. He was 39.
The statement read: "At 5 pm on Dec. 17, 2020, the police received a call from a hospital regarding a patient surnamed Lin. During the patient's treatment, the hospital said it had determined that the patient had been poisoned. Following the call, the police began an investigation. According to investigations on-site and further interviews, the police found that a suspect surnamed Xu, who is a coworker of the victim Lin, was the most likely the perpetrator. The suspect Xu has been arrested and investigations continue."
Identified as 39-year-old, Xu Yao has been arrested. The suspect is a senior executive at the Yoozoo film and television department. There were allegedly disputes between the company's upper ranks, which resulted in an eventual split. These internal disagreements are what reportedly led to the attack. Xu allegedly carried out the attack by poisoning Qi's tea. The hospital confirmed the poisoning upon Lin being admitted, following which the investigation was carried out.
Qi, also known as Titan Line, was an entrepreneur and the founder of Youzu Interactive, a company that produces games for local and international markets. According to Forbes, he had a net worth of $770 million as of 2014. A resident of Shanghai, China, he earned all his fortune through self-made web games and mobile games. Yoozoo Group had previously acquired the rights of the trilogy 'The Three-Body Problem', but Netflix later acquired the rights for the English adaptation. Netflix also announced that 'Game of Thrones' creators David Benioff and DB Weiss would be taking on the project. Liu Cixin and Ken Liu will be consulting producers on the project, the former being the author of the series while the latter has written the English translations.
The series follows Ye Wenjie, an astrophysics graduate who witnesses her father's death by the hands of the Red Guards, a student-led paramilitary social movement, supported by her mother and sister. Branded a traitor, Ye is forced to join a labor brigade, where she is eventually recruited by the Red Coat, a secret Chinese initiative to use high powered radio waves to damage spy satellites. It's here that Ye discovers a way to send interstellar messages.
Eight years later, Ye is contacted by an alien pacifist, triggering off a chain of events that result in the aliens, the Trisolarans, ready to invade earth. With both, the aliens and mankind rushing to come out on top during what might result in an intergalactic war, the race towards survival is on. The title of the series bears particular importance, it refers to the three-body problem in orbital mechanics. The books in the series include 'Remembrance of Earth's Past', 'The Dark Forest' and 'Death's End'. It's currently one of the most popular science fiction books in China.