A 32-year-old Taiwanese man died of cardiac failure after a three-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe, Agence France Presse reported.
Identified by his family name Hsieh, he was found slumped and motionless in his chair in the cafe in Kaohsiung City. Fellow customers thought he was asleep, but a call for help went out after an employee discovered he wasn't breathing. Hsieh was pronounced dead at a hospital, AFP reported Saturday, citing the Taipei Times.
Doctors said his "sudden death" cardiac failure happened due to prolonged computer gaming, AFP added, citing the report.
Before and after his heart attack, all apparently looked normal with the victim.
"Hsieh was a regular customer here and always played for consecutive days," the employee was quoted as saying, AFP reported. "When tired, he would sleep face-down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair. That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning."
It wasn't clear what game Hsieh was playing; the report noted "combat computer games," AFP said.
This incident is the second of its kind this year in Taiwan, as a 38-year-old man was found dead at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City on January 1 after a five-day video game binge, AFP added.
Police said in both cases other patrons appeared nonchalant about the deaths, continuing to play even when tables were cordoned off so investigators could gather evidence, the outlet noted.
(H/T: Drudge Report)
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