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The producer of Netflix sci-fi action series The Three-Body Problem has died amid allegations he was poisoned by a co-worker.
Lin Qi, from China, was reported dead on Christmas Day following reports he had been poisoned.
The 39-year-old producer was chairman of China’s Yoozoo Group which has been working with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on an adaption of Chinese science fiction novel The Three-Body Problem.
Netflix bought the rights from Yoozoo Group to adapt the novel into a live-action TV show with the Game of Thrones stars and writer Alexander Woo set to write and executive produce.
Mr Qi’s company had already been developing video game, film and TV adaptations of its own based on the novel series.
On Wednesday, Variety reported that Mr Qi had been poisoned in an apparent murder attempt by a colleague who worked on the Intellectual Property of the book series.
And now reports have confirmed Mr Qi has since died in hospital after treatment failed to save his life.
Local police have said that a colleague had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
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Chinese news outlet Caixin Global has claimed Mr Qi was poisoned after a toxic substance was added to his cup of pu-erh tea.
The report stated: “Online game company Yoozoo has just confirmed that Chairman Lin Qi passed away today.
“Yesterday, Lin was reported hospitalized due to suspected poisoning.
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“A police post said one of Lin’s colleagues was a key suspect, and was in police custody.”
The Three-Body Problem is a trilogy of books in which Earth makes contact with an alien civilisation.
The book series won the Hugo Award for Best Novel – becoming the first Asian novel to do so.
It has been translated into dozens of languages.
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