Ronnie Mcnutt, 33-year-old Army veteran who shot himself during a Facebook livestream and left an enormous trail of grief behind him, stunned many around the globe. A resident of New Albany, he worked at a Toyota plant before his sudden and shocking suicide sent shockwaves through social media.
His family and friends have been grieving his suicide ever since it happened.
Ronnie Mcnutt was a 33-year-old Army veteran and popular social media streamer on Facebook who shot himself in the face with a gun, livestreaming it on social media for live viewing by others. This video went viral and caused outrage as well as calls for its removal.
McNutt’s friends allege that he has been subjected to online harassment and physical abuse from close relatives, prompting them to file for an order to protect him from his purported perpetrators.
Despite controversies, the community has come together in support and fundraising efforts for each other. Some even donated blood in his name in order to save lives while others created podcasts or t-shirts in his memory; still others made suicide awareness videos encouraging more people to seek help and even wrote books in his honor so as to raise money for charities that provide services for those in need.
Life Before Death
Ronnie Mcnutt was a 33-year-old Army veteran who saw active service in Iraq and later suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. While working for Toyota Plant in Indianapolis, Ronnie streamed live to Facebook as well as co-hosting Justice Geeks Podcast with Josh Steen.
Steen reports filing multiple reports about McNutt’s livestream while still alive; however, they didn’t receive an answer until after McNutt passed. At that point, Facebook informed Steen that their video did not violate their platform guidelines.
TikTok and other social media platforms have seen the harrowing footage of McNutt’s suicide go viral, prompting friends and family members to claim they have experienced immense online harassment as a result of it – from bots harassing them online, having personal data leaked without consent, fundraising campaigns set up in their names without their knowledge and more. Steen is demanding social media companies take full responsibility for the content they publish rather than deflect blame onto users themselves.
Ronnie McNutt, an Army veteran from Mississippi who took his own life on Aug 31 while livestreaming on Facebook, has since gone viral across other social media platforms – TikTok specifically and others too have shared the video content that has since spread throughout these channels – even banning accounts that share it.
Steen recalls his friend as someone who enjoyed making online content about pop culture, video games and comics. He co-hosted a podcast called Just Us Geeks as well as reviewing movies, videos, comics and videos. Unfortunately he also suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq, frequently speaking about its difficulty while living with it.
McNutt spoke on video about his intentions to commit suicide and answered questions from viewers, yet refused requests for help and was infuriated when people tried to urge him to call the police. Recently he had broken up with his partner and was afraid of losing his job, taking to bear a rifle to commit his act of suicide.
Friends who knew Ronnie Mcnutt well recall him rambling on Facebook Live about religion, pop culture and other subjects on a regular basis, engaging in heated arguments about these subjects as well as attending church and co-hosting podcasts as well as writing comic book reviews.
His death has undoubtedly left a profound mark, as his final broadcast started appearing across TikTok and other social media platforms within hours of his suicide. Yet Facebook refused to take down the video for two hours claiming it did not violate its Terms of Service.
Friends such as Josh Steen have called upon social media companies to take more responsibility for their users and stop allowing videos showing people dying to go viral for personal gain. According to them, Mr McNutt’s video was an urgent cry for help that should have been prevented by Facebook; several trolls have harassed his family and set up fraudulent fundraising campaigns in his name – compounding his tragedy even more.