‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ New Netflix Series Executive Producer Lin Qi Dead at 39

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Lin Qi, was an executive producer on the ‘Game Of Thrones’ makers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ upcoming Netflix show, died at age 39 after allegedly being poisoned. Lin was the chairman and CEO of Yoozoo Group, which he established in 2009. The organization was working with the TV creators on an adaptation of a science fiction series based on “The Three-Body Problem” trio of novels by Chinese author Liu Cixin.

The firm confirmed the news of its CEO’s death in a statement. Lin was admitted in the hospital on December 16 and doctors soon realized he had been poisoned. He died on the day of Christmas.

According to the statement published in The Hollywood Reporter, “At 5 p.m. 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.”

The publication mentioned that local Chinese media has reported there was a dispute between Yoozoo Group’s executives that lead up to the poisoning event, which allegedly was carried out by way of a cup of pu-erh tea that Lin drank. Though, no real details about the crime or the person police apprehended have been made available. In August 2019, Benioff and Weiss signed a reported $200 million production agreement with Netflix to exclusively make content for the streaming service.