24 year-old Ogilvy China executive dies of heart attack

Li Yuan's last post on Weibo

Li Yuan’s last post on Weibo

A young man working at advertising agency Ogilvy in China has passed away.

The 24-year old employee, named Li Yuan, died at Ogilvy’s Beijing offices from a heart attack at 5pm yesterday. He worked for Ogilvy’s public relations arm, Ogilvy PR.

Before his death he had been working overtime for a month, not leaving the offices until 11pm every night, according to a report in the Yangzi Evening News.

A story in the Beijing Times reported that a week before the incident, a company spokesperson said that Li had not been feeling well.

Ogilvy China tweet

Ogilvy China confirmed the news via a tweet and a post on Sina Weibo, and also put the news out through a press release that can be read here (in Chinese).

A funeral was held for the young man today.

A statement from Ogilvy China, quoted in the Beijing Times and translated into English, said:  “Last night, we lost a young colleague and friend. This Ogilvy Public Relations Beijing staffer was well-liked by his colleagues and clients for his professional capabilities and team spirit. This sudden tragedy has caused us deep grief. We hope he can rest in peace in another world. We hope that our partners will join us to pray for him, light a candle and warm his way to heaven.”


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