Taiwan woman 'commits suicide' during Facebook chat

A Taiwanese woman committed suicide while chatting to friends on Facebook after growing suspicious that her boyfriend was having an affair, police and media said Tuesday.

Lin Mei-heng, 31, posted messages on the social networking site saying she wanted to take her life while at home in a suburb of Taipei on March 17, the Apple Daily newspaper said.

She also posted photos of charcoal burning in her stove -- before shutting the windows of her flat, so it filled with noxious fumes and she suffocated, according to the report.

It said nine of her friends had attempted to dissuade her from taking her life, but none alerted the police.

Police confirmed she was found dead the following day by her boyfriend at the flat.

The police said they closed the case based on an investigation conducted by forensic experts, which showed she was not murdered.

But details of her final moments did not surface until a web user involved in the chat informed the Daily.

"Even we were surprised when reading the newspaper report today," a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

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