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Chinese photographer Ren Hang has reportedly died

The news has been confirmed by friends, publisher Pierre Bessard, and Belgian gallerist Dries Roelens

Chinese photographer and provocateur Ren Hang has reportedly died at the age of 29.

The news was first broken by friends of the artist, who began paying tribute on social media today. According to them, Ren passed away this morning in Berlin. 

“My friend Ren Hang left us this morning in Berlin,” wrote publisher Pierre Bessard. “I am sad and in shock.”

Belgian gallerist Dries Roelens – who runs Stieglitz19 gallery, where Ren’s work is now being exhibited – also appeared to confirm the news. “Ren Hang, RIP, poet, photographer, magician...” he wrote on Facebook. “You were the best, the most magical.”

Dutch publication De Morgen has since alleged that the photographer killed himself, claiming that the reports had been confirmed by the photographer’s “entourage sources.” 

We’ve reached out to Ren’s representatives for comment – more updates when we have them. 

UPDATE: Hang’s death has been confirmed by Dian Hanson, an editor of one of Ren’s monographs. According to a report published in The Beijing News, the photographer killed himself by jumping from the 28th floor of a building in Beijing.