Ronnie McNutt was an army veteran who died by suicide and streamed his death on Facebook Live.
Date of birth
He was 33 years old at the time of his death, however his date of birth is not yet known.
Date of death
He died on August 31, 2020.
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McNutt was an Army veteran and lived in Mississippi. Steen said McNutt suffered from PTSD after serving tours in the Iraq War. McNutt was involved in local theater and worked together on a podcast.
Steen told Heavy the video that is being shared on social media platforms doesn’t show the whole stream, and having watched it, Steen strongly believes that McNutt didn’t begin the live stream intending to commit suicide. He said McNutt had often gone on Facebook Live to “ramble,” but in this case, he was “incredibly drunk, and that plus his recent relationship issues led to the end result.”
Friend of the deceased speaks out
The video was first reported to Facebook while McNutt was still alive, Steen said. During the Facebook Live, McNutt accidentally misfired his gun, which is when Steen was informed of the situation by a friend and joined the live stream. He said, “I actually started reporting the video stream while he was still alive and talking; no response from Facebook.” He also said that police officers had been called and were standing outside McNutt’s apartment watching the live stream. Heavy reached out to the New Albany, Mississippi, police department for more information but did not immediately hear back.
After McNutt’s death, Steen said he continued to contact Facebook for hours to request that the video be removed. According to Steen, McNutt died by suicide at 10:30 p.m., and it wasn’t until 11:51 p.m. that he received a response from the platform. According to a screenshot shared by Steen, Facebook’s reply reads in part: “This post will remain on Facebook because we only remove content that goes against our Community Standards. Our standards don’t allow things that encourage suicide or self-injury.”
Steen said he believes it was past 1:00 a.m. or about 1:30 a.m. when the video was eventually removed by Facebook but by that time he had already seen it reposted in at least one private group. He said, “I called Facebook, who is supposed to have 24/7 support; no answer.”
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