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General Health : Other News Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM

Student kills himself in front of live webcam
By Sue Mueller
Nov 23, 2008 - 7:38:09 AM

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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 scene.   No one knew how many people were witnessing his death.


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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