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Foxconn employee commits suicide after losing new iPhone prototype

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009
News Categories: Apple

A China-based employee of Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has committed suicide, following his apparent loss of a prototype iPhone. According to Chinese news reports recounted by DigitalBeat, 25-year-old Sun Danyong was a recent engineering graduate, and handled product communications for Foxconn, including shipping iPhone prototypes from Foxconn to Apple. Danyong had 16 prototype fourth-generation iPhone prototypes from the assembly line at a local factory, but over the course of several days, he discovered that one of the phones was missing, and was unable to find it at the factory. After reporting the missing phone to his boss, Danyong’s apartment was reportedly illegally searched by Foxconn employees in an attempt to find the device; some reports indicate that Danyong may have been detained and physically abused during the investigation. He then jumped out of a window of his apartment building last Thursday, committing suicide.

Apple today released the following statement to CNet regarding Danyong’s death. “We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee, and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death. We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect.”

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Comments

1

If true that is total BS and I hope the workers at foxconn are investigated upon. R.I.P. to the employee and I hope justice gets served!

Posted by Bruce on July 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

2

I wonder what Apple’s investigation turned up?

Posted by Lance Kind on June 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM (PDT)

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