On February 28, 2011, then 16 years old and victim of school harassment for several years, the young Frenchman Jonathan Destin had tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire in his town of Marquette-lez-Lille (North). He had survived this attempt, the body burned to 72%, and had become a symbol of the fight against school bullying since then. After more than two months of coma and three years of hospitalization, Jonathan had decided to testify with young people, in schools among others, to make pupils and students aware of the consequences of bullying.
But La Voix du Nord reports that the young man died on Saturday. His mother has indeed posted a message on social networks, announcing that Jonathan Destin had “died in his sleep”. “It is with a broken heart that I announce this to you”, writes the mother of the Frenchman, who was only 27 years old.
Many Internet users paid tribute to him, as well as Nicola Sirkis, the singer of Indochina, who shared a photo of the young man. They had rubbed shoulders several times in the context of anti-harassment campaigns.
Since the day of his accident, Jonathan Destin had notably written a book (“Condemned to kill me”) which was then adapted into a TV movie entitled “The day I burned my heart”.