October 31 2009, mainland singer Chen Lin (陈琳) jumped to her death from Dongba Olympic Garden building 701 9th floor (in Beijing). She was 39. Her current husband Zhang Chaofeng (张超峰) when contacted by the reporter said “I feel terrible, even have difficulty breathing”.
Chen Lin’s body was found in a garden under the residential building at around 6 in the morning. She was “wearing a surgical mask, a gray jacket, jeans, a hat and a pair of red leather shoes. Her chin was covered with a piece of white gauze.”
While the reason of her suicide was still unknown, many people speculated Chen Lin was always deeply troubled and depressed by her love life and relationships which could be the reason of her death. The day of her death was exactly her formal husband Shen Yongge’s (沈永革) birthday. People could not help but to wonder whether it was just a coincident. After Chen Lin divorced her former husband – the boss of “Bamboo Culture” in 2007, ending an over 10 year marriage, she has always been depressed. She deliberately shied away from the public and the media, and even once attempted to committee suicide but was saved by her friends. The reason of her divorce was because Chen Lin’s formal husband Shen cheated on her with another singer in the entertainment circle. There are also talks exposing the “home wrecker” Deng Rong (邓蓉) being the reason of Chen Lin’s death. According to this article Shen and Deng already had a kid that was over one year old.
Supposedly Chen Lin was over her first marriage and met musician Zhang Chaofeng (张超峰) to start her new life. They got married only three month ago in July 2009 at the same time she released her latest EP. Everything seemed to be looking up for Chen Lin, however Chen Lin did not feel happy after her second marriage, still always was thinking about her ex-husband Shen Yongge. Rumor has it, Zhang Chaofeng beat her up at home several times because of the fact Chen Lin was not over her formal husband. Insiders have revealed that although Chen Lin and Shen Yongge was divorced, because of over a decade long relationship and the fact he helped her career, Chen Lin still could not forget her ex-love. Her marriage with Zhang Chaofeng was just a way for her to get back at Shen Yongge. They didn’t really have much deep feelings.
Recently Chen Lin and her husband Zhang Chaofeng had serious fights, led to Chen Lin’s depression again. On the night of October 30th Chen visited her friend Zhang Qiang (张强) and stayed over at her place. At Zhang Qiang’s home, Chen Lin vented her troubles and worries to her friend. Then two of them went to their own room to sleep, but Zhang Qiang could not find Chen in the morning, until she heard the news of Chen’s death from other residents.
The building Chen jumped off
Many questions still remained.
1. October 31 event, after investigation Beijing Police confirmed it was a suicide, however, media witnesses said the deceased had bruises on her neck.
2. According to reports, the deceased was found lying on her back in the garden, wearing a gray coat, jeans and red shoes. Her chin was covered with a piece of white gauze. The garden had two large dents on the ground, but there were no blood.
This made netizens to question, “Few people would wear shoes to jump off a building, and after the fall shoes were still intact. Strangely it was a pair of red high-heels. More surprisingly, jumping off from the ninth floor and making dents in the garden, but there were no blood, very strange.”
3. That day Chen Lin was visiting her friend and their homes were not far from each other. A typical Chinese person, (their thinking) probably will want to die at his/her own home. Suicide in a friend’s home is a bit taboo. But, Chen Lin happened to choose her good friend’s home.
4. She didn’t commit suicide before the new marriage, but jumped off a building after her new marriage?
Chen Lin and Zhang Chaofeng only got married in July of this year. This should be the happiest time for the newlyweds. Why did Chen Lin choose to leap to her death? This day was also precisely her ex-husband’s birthday. (also Halloween)
Chen Lin’s famous song “Love to Love”
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