Tragic: Model Ai Weiwei worked herself to death.

She ought to be one of those who work hard, yet hardly play or rest. Barely 22 years old, this online model Ai Weiwei had really got her priority wrong. Rest in peace, though.

And for those who run fast & furious in their hopeless rat race, please take a look at this Hazards Magazine, "Worked to Death". Incidentally, Japanese recognize somewhat stoically this phenomenon, and name it as 'Karōshi'.

Do live a balance lifestyle.

It won't be easy, but let's aim for it!

The death of overworked Ai Weiwei, an online model in China, has highlighted the need to care for one's health instead of working too hard.

The 22-year-old was a popular model and deputy managing director of a local media company.

She gained fame as a "football baby" in the promotional campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and as an icon of an online game.

Ai was described as a workaholic who paid little attention to her health.

"Working overnight was very common for her," said Zhu Xing, Ai's agent, added the model used to work without rest for three consecutive days.

According to Zhu, Ai left her hometown in Jiangsu province for a performing career when she was 16, and she worked part-time to pay for her studies at an art school.

In 2006, she joined the Julong Network, where she gradually became a star model.

"Just had some oats for breakfast, and now my stomach really hurts," was one of the last posts Ai put up on her blog in February.

One week later, Ai collapsed at work. She was sent to a hospital in Fuzhou and was diagnosed with leukemia.

"And even when she was dreadfully ill, Ai insisted on continuing to work and keeping the seriousness of her illness a secret," Zhu said.

"It's a highly-competitive society, everyone is trying to grab every opportunity," said Zheng Qiwu, a sociologist with Xiamen University.

"I hope Ai's tragedy will ring a bell for those who pay excessive attention to work instead of their health. Don't wait until the last moment to learn the real meaning of life."

From What's On Sanya, "Chinese model Ai Weiwei, 22, dies of overwork".

22-year-old model Ai Weiwei from Fu Zhou has passed away on 14 May 2011 from mixed lineage acute leukaemia, according to Buzz Pingtanese website as reported by China Buzz.

It was reported that according to a doctor, her leukaemia is likely linked to radiation from strong lights in the film studio over extended periods of time.

On 16 May, Ai's microblog released the tragic news that deputy general manager of Julong Movie & TV Media and model Ai Weiwei, died in a hospital of Fujian, from mixed lineage acute leukemia (MAL), due to overworking.

Julong Movie & TV Media also announced her death news on their official website, and stated that Ai Weiwei did not want too many media to reproduce her works and information, so she could rest in peace.

On the afternoon of 20 May, the agent of Ai's, Zhu Xing confirmed Ai's death. Before her death, Ai gave her microblog's account and password to Zhu and entrusted Zhu to publish the news after she died.

Online response to her tragic death is mostly related to her young age. There are calls for a better balance between work and leisure, according to various websites that reported her demise.

From Yahoo! News, "Model, 22, worked to death".

The obituary notice of Ai Weiwei (no relation to the detained artist), an online model in East China's Fujian province, has been widely circulated in cyber space, generating sorrow at the loss of a young life and retraining the spotlight on health concerns among young workers.

The young woman, just 22 years old when she died on May 14, was a popular online model and the deputy managing director of a local media company. She gained fame as a “football baby” in the online promotional campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and as an icon of an online game.

But Ai was described as a workaholic who gave little attention to her health.

"Working overnight was very common for her," said Zhu Xing, Ai's agent. "She even used to work without rest for three consecutive days."

"Ai had a bad stomach, which may have resulted from irregular eating habits. She also often caught colds. But neither she nor we thought too much about it, because that's the price a model must pay," Zhu said.

According to Zhu, Ai left her hometown in Jiangsu province for a performing career when she was 16, and she worked at part-time jobs to pay for her study at an art school. In 2006, she came to Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian province, to join the Julong Network, where she gradually become a star model.

"Just had some oats for breakfast, and now my stomach really hurts" was one of the last entries Ai made on her microblog in February. "It's Lantern Festival, and I am again all by myself. I miss you, Daddy," another one reads.

One week after the festival, Ai collapsed at work. She was diagnosed with leukemia in a hospital in Fuzhou. "And even when she was dreadfully ill and all her appointments were suspended, Ai insisted on continuing to work and keeping the degree of the illness a secret," Zhu said. "Finally, she left in peace, surrounded by her parents and boyfriend."

Ai's death was announced on her microblog and the company's homepage.

Zhu dispelled the rumor that news of her death was "hype," saying that life was not something to joke about.

Chen Junmin, head of the hematology department at the First Affiliated Hospital of Fuzhou Medical University, said leukemia is often related to overexposure to radiation and benzene compounds, and viral infections can play a role.

Hardworking young people dying from overwork is nothing new in China. In April, a 25-year-old PricewaterhouseCoopers employee unexpectedly died of a stroke. In a survey after the news became known, nearly 80 percent of respondents said they had experience of working overtime, while 26 percent said they worked on average more than 10 hours a day.

"It's a society filled with competition, everyone is trying to grasp every opportunity," said Zheng Qiwu, a sociologist with Xiamen University. "But we badly need a law to protect young workers from being harmed by overwork."

"I hope Ai's tragedy will ring a bell for those who pay excessive attention to work instead of their health. Don't wait until the last moment to learn the real meaning of life."

From What's On Chengdu, "Death of 22yo Chinese model Ai Weiwei raises concern on overwork".

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