Work sucks, we know. But even if you love your job, it can be easy at times to feel the pressure of responsibility. However, never, under any circumstance, is a paycheck worth your health, or your life.
Mita Diran, a copywriter from Jakarta, Indonesia, sent out this tweet revealing she had allegedly worked 30 hours straight, just hours before her death.
30 hours of working and still going strooong.— Mita Diran (@mitdoq) December 14, 2013
Diran worked at ad agency Young & Rubicam Indonesia, having been employed at the company since 2012, when she suffered heart failure, fell into a coma, and died a short time after the tweet. Her death had been linked to her long work hours, and Diran's habit of drinking Krating Daeng, known as Thai Red Bull, may have also contributed to her death—but this won't be clarified until a medical examiner officially determines what happened.
The company released a statement after news of Diran started to spread.
Dear Friends and Colleagues in the Advertising & Marketing community,
It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we have to inform you we have lost our friend, sister, and work colleague, Mita Diran, earlier this evening. Mita was a talented copywriter with a gentle smile who will always live on in our hearts.
We have been to Mita's family residence tonight and expressed our sincere condolences on behalf of Y&R Group Indonesia. It is a great loss and we wish Mita's family the faith and strength in each other in going through this extremely difficult time. Tomorrow, December 16, we will close the office for the day to pay our last respects to Mita at her funeral at Jeruk Purut cemetery at 10 AM.
Let us all take a day of silence tomorrow and give Mita's family the support and prayers that they need, from the bottom of our hearts.
Sincerely, Y&R Group Indonesia
Many of Diran's tweets were littered with the hashtag "#AgencyLife," and showed how seriously she took her job.
Sweetest sleep I've had in a long time. It's a shame I'm supposed to wake up uh, ONE HOUR earlier. Slept through 3 phone calls and 3 alarms!— Mita Diran (@mitdoq) November 15, 2013
Spent half the night writing copy and finishing up a 23-page deck with a glass of vodka/red bull mix and now I can't sleep. SO BEAR WITH ME.— Mita Diran (@mitdoq) November 6, 2013
The more you spend time at the office, the more you consider moving your bed here. Preferably next to the fan. #AgencyLife— Mita Diran (@mitdoq) October 29, 2013
So please, be careful when working long hours. Hey, I'm on my second cup coffee right now. It isn't an energy drink, but too much of a good thing can potentially spell trouble.
[via Ad Age]