Ayhan Uzun read his ‘suicide note,’ then shot himself, all on Facebook live
A distraught father in Turkey, upset that his daughter got engaged without his permission, livestreamed his suicide on Facebook, as shocked viewers posted reaction emojis and pleaded for him to stop.
Ayhan Uzun registered his extreme displeasure at the disrespect by filming the moment he shot himself in the head. He broadcast the unsettling incident even as family and friends begged him not to go through with it.
The violent scene unfolded as Uzun, 54, of Kayseri in central Turkey, more or less spoke his ‘suicide note’ into the camera. During the speech he suddenly pulled a handgun with his left hand and fired a single shot into his temple. Immediately after the gun goes off, Uzun falls out of the frame and collapses to the floor.
His last words before the fatal shot was: “Goodbye, I am leaving, take good care of yourselves,” Uzun said just before killing himself, according to a translation of the clip provided by Mirror.
Earlier in the video, Uzun, who was home alone at the time, explained his choice. He elected suicide, he said, because his daughter didn’t seek his permission prior to getting engaged.
“I am livestreaming tonight, and it is my will, I do not want the ones who put me in this position to attend my funeral,” Uzun said.
Uzun said he only learned about his daughter’s engagement, her “happiest day,” through a phone call from his wife “My wife called me and she told me. I said to her why didn’t you come to tell me, and she said: ‘We cannot make a personal visit to you…’
“Nobody asked me,” Uzun said.
“Nobody treated me like a man. My father-in-law took my place and without having a right, he approved my daughter’s wedding … Nobody said this girl’s father is alive. Though I would have waited for my daughter and family to say to me: ‘Come, Father, be with us.’”
Explaining to viewers who “will call this a show,” Uzun insisted he didn’t want anyone else to experience the pain he was enduring at the time.
“Maybe some of you will call this a show. I do not want anybody to go through this thing that I am going through.”
“A little later I will put an end to my life with the gun I am holding in my hands,” he said.
During his livestreamed speech, family and friends sent comments begging him not to commit suicide. Uzun ignored the pleas and went through with his threat. His family rushed around to the house to find his dead body.
Uzun’s family later found his body, which was taken to a morgue for an autopsy,
A spokesperson at Facebook, in a statement said the company was “deeply saddened” by the video, which has since been removed from the site.
“We are deeply saddened by the this tragedy,” according to the statement. “We don’t allow the promotion of self-injury or suicide on Facebook. We want people to have a safe experience on Facebook and we work with organizations around the world to provide assistance for people in distress.”