A Florida teenager committed suicide in front of a live
webcam on Wednesday by taking an overdose of opiates and anti-depressants, which were given
to him for his bipolar disorder, according to his father.
Abraham Biggs, 19, decided to end his life and told his
audience through the website justin.TV. Some viewers egged him on, some tried
to talk him out it and still some others did not take his word seriously
because they said he said he was going to kill himself before.
Biggs lay dead on his bed in his father's house in
Florida last Wednesday and the camera still running nonstop for 12 hours after
he announced his attention to finish himself with online audience viewing the
No one knew how many people were witnessing
The father complained that no one would act sooner to
save his son.
Still, some viewers
contacted the website and asked the operators to call police for help.
When finally the police entered the scene as
seen in the live webcam, it was too late.
Biggs was not the first person to commit suicide in front
of a live webcam.
In the past, A Florida
man shot himself in the dead in front of his online audience, a county official
was cited as saying.
Suicide (i.e., taking one's own life) is a serious public
health problem that affects even young people. For youth between the ages of 10
and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in
approximately 4500 lives lost each year. The top three methods used in suicides
of young people include firearm (46%), suffocation (39%), and poisoning (8%), according to the US government.
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