Clips of a viral video showing a suicide have been circulating on TikTok since Sunday night. The graphic video, which first appeared on Facebook Live, shows a man named Ronnie McNutt committing suicide by livestreaming his own death.
Ronnie McNutt death video goes viral on social media
Ronnie McNutt, 33, committed suicide in his New Albany, Mississippi home on August 31 while he was livestreaming from his computer.
The horrific clip of Ronnie McNutt’s suicide has been reuploaded on multiple social media platforms including TikTok, a video-sharing app that is very popular among children and teenagers.
TikTok users have been uploading footages with warning messages about a suicide video that begins with “a man with a beard” who is sitting at a desk and asking the viewers to click away and not watch it.
The warning videos appearing for TikTok users on “For You” trending page say, “if you see a video of a white man with a beard at a desk pls click off the video immediately. pls don’t attempt to find it out of curiosity. seriously.”
Many users after seeing the warning videos are commenting and discussing on how to find more info about the man killing himself in the viral video. Some users are even looking for the actual video link to watch the footage of McNutt’s death.
TikTok has released a statement on the viral video of Ronnie McNutt’s suicide:
Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide. We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family. If anyone in our community is struggling with thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is, we encourage them to seek support, and we provide access to hotlines directly from our app and in our Safety Center.
McNutt’s friends shared their grief after watching the shocking video, in which McNutt shot himself in the head. “I got too late. I was watching it trying to figure out what was going on then I called our friend to get his address and he freaking shot himself in the head. In front of his mom. He was apparently reaching out for an hour. An hour. How could no one get to him?”, one of his friends wrote.
Twitter reacts to suicide video that was live-streamed
Issue Jab wrote, “Some Guy Named Ronnie Mcnutt Killed Himself On Facebook Because He Lost His Job And In Result His Girl Friend…. I Dont Know The Dude But My Heart Goes Out To Him. We Need To Fucking Be Real With Each Other, There Are No Jobs Out Here If A Man Kills Himself When He Loses His!”
Alexis Tangman said, “Ok, whoever’s passing around the video of Ronnie McNutt’s suicide needs to knock it the fuck off. That man was my friend and what he did on that livestream was beyond traumatizing for myself and 200 other people – his mother included – who watched it happen live.”
Sam said in a tweet, “if you see a video of a man with a grey sweater and a long beard immediately report. this man is named ronie mcnutt and he committed suicide on facebook live and his video went viral. please report it and the accounts that have posted it. thank you.”
Phi wrote on Twitter, “Suicide – “i’m so terrified of that video going viral on tik tok of a guy killing himself…… i deleted tik tok but i’m still so scared.”
Danielle Bailey wrote, “It’s so sad that there’s a video going viral of a man’s suicide on tik tok. it was the single most disturbing thing I have ever seen and it gave absolutely no warning. idk why people are thinking that’s funny or “cool”.”
Zach Nelson questioned TikTok, “Would @tiktok_us like to explain why there’s a video going viral across multiple accounts of a man committing suicide on a live stream and I reported it and it was deemed not against community guidelines? Are you serious? You realize children use this app right?”
According to WHO, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan.
UPDATE Sept 8: Did Ronnie McNutt faked his death?
In a horrifying turn of events, sources have popped up to claim that Ronnie McNutt faked his own death. On August 31, Ronnie McNutt committed suicide in his home in New Albany, Mississippi. McNutt livestreamed his death on Facebook, the video has gone viral on social media. While the original livestream was reported by multiple users for having sensitive content, the video is being shared on multiple other social media platforms including TikTok.
Ronnie McNutt streams his suicide online
The livestream video shows McNutt sitting at his desk in his last moments, he is also seen receiving calls from his loved ones. According to Hoodsite, which is currently hosting the video, McNutt recently lost his job and his girlfriend. The video has been bringing enough traffic to clog up the site’s servers since the video is being extensively shared on social media. An admin for Hoodsite wrote on Monday, “a lot of new visitors overnight, clogging up the servers… additional machines spinning up – buffering should be resolved shortly.”
In at the end of the live stream, McNutt answers his continuously ringing phone and says, “Yeah you want to talk to me now?” The call then ends. McNutt picks up the call for the second time and again says, “Yeah you wanna talk to me now?” He then says, “Oh is that the way you are gonna be,” before hanging up the phone. McNutt then says, “Hey guys. I guess that’s it.” McNutt then fired one shot from the rifle into his head. A few seconds later, law enforcement officers are seen entering his residence. Needless to say, the officers arrived too late.
Faked Death conspiracies
The conspiracy that Ronnie McNutt faked his own death sparked from a dummy account created in his name. The fake McNutt account has claimed that the video was staged. A screenshot of the claim is being passed around on social media. In the comments, the account writes, “I faked my own death because life f**cki*g sucks you know, i wanted to go away and i actually edited the video and made it into a live, i was talking to my mom during the live, and i feel better but i still wanna get away from this world.”
Another user replies, “please tell me your not joking?” The dummy McNutt account replies, “im not joking, i faked my death and will make a new FB account and go live on it to prove that im actually alive and not dead.”
Warning: We strictly advise anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to consult a therapist or call suicide prevention hotlines in their area.