A 53-year-old grandfather of three was found dead in his truck this week after he decided to end his life over a mounting fear of losing touch with his technologically savvy family.
Noting that they were always "too busy" with their electronic devices and computers to spend time with him, Xu tried to "get with the times" by teaching himself how to use a video chat app on his phone, but was unable to master it, and became increasingly dejected as a result.
"I’m useless at just about everything these days, whether it be computers or cellular phones," the greengrocer wrote in his letter. "I rarely buy anything new and there really isn’t much I can do. Going on living in this way is scarier than dying. Therefore I’ve made the decision to end my life."
Xu's body was found by police in the front seat of his pickup truck.
In addition to his troubles with technology, Xu was also suffering from diabetes and was known to have a short temper.
He had recently divorced his second wife, whom he married shortly after his first wife's death a decade ago.