FUZHOU - The obituary notice of Ai Weiwei, a beautiful online model, artist and soccer baby in East China's Fujian province, has been widely circulated in cyber space, generating sorrow at the loss of a young life and retraining the spotlight on health concerns of young workers.
The beautiful model died on May 14 at the age of just 22. She gained fame as a "football baby" in the online promotional campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and as an icon of an online game.
But Ai Weiwei (Chinese name:艾薇薇) was described as a workaholic who gave little attention to her health. She was obsessed with art, design and her career.
According to her agent Zhu Xing, Ai left her hometown in Jiangsu province for a performing career when she was 16, and she worked at part-time jobs to pay for her study at an art school. In 2006, she came to Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian province, to join the Julong Network, where she gradually become a star model.
Ai's death was announced on her micro blog and the company's homepage.
One week after the festival, Ai collapsed at work. She was diagnosed with leukemia in a hospital in Fuzhou. "And even when she was dreadfully ill and all her appointments were suspended, Ai insisted on continuing to work and keeping the degree of the illness a secret," Zhu said. "Finally, she left in peace, surrounded by her parents and boyfriend."
Profile of Ai Weiwei
Chinese name: Ai Weiwei 艾薇薇
English name: Hanna
Birth place: Jiangsu province
Birthday:March 20, 1989
Three dimensions:90 63 88 cm
Profession: Model, soccer baby, hostess, dress design