According to reports coming out of China, a Foxconn employee responsible for Apple's fourth generation iPhone committed suicide after an iPhone prototype went missing.
It is being reported that Sun Danyong, a 25-year-old man jumped from a 12-story building last week due to alleged "unbearable interrogation techniques" in the ensuing investigation of the missing prototype.
According to VentureBeat who were first to report the tragic incident, Foxconn's security department investigating the disappearance of the prototype carried out illegal search of the his home and possibly also physically abused Sun.
"On Thursday, July 9th, Sun got 16 prototype phones from the assembly
line at a local Foxconn factory. At some point in the next few days, he
discovered that one of the phones was missing. He suspected that it had
been left at the factory, but couldn't find it. On Monday, July 13, he
reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three
Foxconn employees searched his apartment — illegally, according to
Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and
physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been
substantiated (possible evidence: there's this somewhat garbled and
potentially faked instant message exchange from Sun shortly before his
What is known: On Thursday — a little after 3 a.m. according to
surveillance videos in the apartment building — he jumped out of a
window in his apartment building to his death."
Foxconn management has expressed condolences to the employee's family and announced that it has placed the security personnel involved in the visit to the
employee's residence on unpaid leave pending investigation.
Apple has also issued a statement on the tragic incident:
"We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee and we are
awaiting results of the investigations into his death," Apple
spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET on Tuesday. "We require our
suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect."
Apple hasn't provided any further comments on the event or the missing prototype of the fourth generation iPhone.