Ronnie Mcnutt is an US Army veteran who worked at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi. On August 31, 2020 – during a Facebook livestream that went viral across various social platforms – Ronnie committed suicide by hanging himself.
Friends and family are grappling with his death. According to reports, he suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he tried to relieve through alcohol consumption. His friends and family are struggling with his passing.
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He was a US Army veteran
Ronnie Mcnutt was an Army veteran who made headlines when he shot himself live on Facebook in 2020. A regular churchgoer and Toyota plant employee who suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), his death has opened up conversation around mental health for veterans. Ronnie is survived by his mother Elaine and brother Joey.
McNutt was no stranger to going live streaming with philosophical or pop culture discussions, but on August 31 he suddenly went into shock, going live while shooting himself with an assault rifle in his condo. Josh Steen tried intervening but couldn’t reach him on the phone, and police arrived too late.
Steen reported the live stream to Facebook immediately as it occurred and begged them for help; but the company refused to intervene, claiming it did not violate their community guidelines. He later began campaigning to encourage social media sites to change their policies.
He was a comic book fan
Video footage of a Mississippi man shooting himself has gone viral, leaving many shocked and traumatized by what they witnessed. He had been suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression before taking his life; his death has brought forward calls for improved mental health support services for veterans while serving as a reminder that suicide can happen to anyone at any time.
Mr McNutt was survived by his mother Elaine, brother Joey and sister Mindy as well as three nieces and two nephews. A theatre actor by profession, Mr McNutt also enjoyed reading comic books during his down time. Furthermore, he was an ardent admirer of Montrose– an American rock band led by guitarist Ronnie Mcnutt– as a source of comfort.
Footage of Mr McNutt’s suicide has been uploaded onto social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and TikTok under fake titles or hidden within clips aimed at young children – making it hard to block. Mr Steen complained to Facebook but has received no reply in regards to it.
He was a podcaster
Ronnie Mcnutt, 33, took his own life by streaming himself livestreamed onto Facebook on August 31. A veteran who served in Iraq had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions. Ronnie’s friend Josh Steen noticed this livestream and called family and police for assistance while asking Facebook for intervention; but they refused citing that McNutt had not fired his shotgun yet, thus not violating its guidelines.
Since posting, this video has been uploaded onto TikTok and other social platforms and used as a joke, with its use spreading misinformation regarding his death and making its family feel intimidated by bots and trolls who use this clip as propaganda against them.
Police were dispatched, yet did not enter McNutt’s apartment until after his death. Once there, they secured the perimeter, evacuated nearby residents and attempted to communicate with McNutt via speakerphone but without success; as Steen points out, early intervention by law enforcement may have prevented this tragedy from unfolding.
He was a YouTuber
Ronnie McNutt, a US Army veteran, committed suicide live on Facebook. As his stream went viral and people shared videos of his death through music clips or cooking videos disguised as music clips or shortening, friends of McNutt’s including Josh Steen reported these to YouTube; which then removed copies appearing and demonetized others but the content remains an issue.
Parents have expressed concern about whether their children are viewing these videos and may experience post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. The Institute of Mums issued warnings about them. TikTok was also accused of failing to prevent the videos from being shared via its platform – they could also be found on Twitter and Reddit.
Josh Steen, McNutt’s friend, has launched the #ReformForRonnie campaign in order to push for stricter rules and more transparency from social media platforms such as Facebook. According to Steen, they did not remove the video until too late, although Facebook assured him it did not violate community standards.
Viewers urged him to seek help, yet he appeared increasingly depressed and despondent throughout the livestream. At one point he exclaimed “I just don’t have it in me anymore”, before later taking an aim under his chin with his weapon and shooting himself.
TikTok alone has seen the video more than 20 million times; other platforms including YouTube and Instagram also shared it widely. Many accounts dedicated to sharing clips of McNutt’s suicide have emerged online as well as several that alter their names to include “suicide” or “death.” Furthermore, some trolls have created fake McNutt profiles under his name in order to harass his family and create misleading fundraising campaigns in his name.