Chinese gaming billionaire dead after suspected poisoning by colleague

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Yoozoo’s chairman and chief executive Lin Qi founded the company in 2009

Chinese gaming billionaire has died in hospital from what Shanghai police believe was a fatal poisoning delivered by a colleague.

Lin Qi, the founder of Chinese gaming giant Yoozoo, was hospitalised on December 17 showing symptoms of being poisoned by tea, the South China Morning Post reports.

As Mr Lin, 39, struggled to recover, the case gripped fans and gamers on China’s social media networks.

Shanghai’s police said in statement a male colleague, identified only by his surname Xu, is the suspected to be the culprit.

Mr Lin, who is also a co-producer of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, has a net worth estimated at 6.8 billion yuan (A$1.36 billion).

According to the South China Morning Post, the suspect in the crime is now being held by local authorities as investigations into Mr Lin’s death continue.

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