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Suicide Broadcast Live on Internet Using Webcam

AFP News Wire (
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 13:53:37 -0600

American commits suicide in Bulgarian internet forum

A 21-year-old American online gaming fan broadcast his suicide on a
Bulgarian Internet forum.

Named as Mitchell S., the gamer switched on his web cam and swallowed
a large amount of motor antifreeze and pills after complaining about
family problems and a lack of money, forum administrator Boyan
Georgiev told Bulgaria's BGNES news agency on Wednesday.

Other forum members thought the man nicknamed "Kudjo" was joking even
though he rambled for six hours about the effects of the substances
and disappeared from view several times.

After he failed to appear at regular meeting spots, gamers went to his
home and learnt he died in hospital on January 7.

The gaming Web site has closed pending an

"Our company has not in any way provoked this suicide. We are not
responsible for material published on the site," Georgiev told BGNES.

He said about 5,000 online game fans visited the forum every day.

Copyright 2006 Agence France Presse.

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