A Chinese man coughed up blood and died in a Shanghai internet cafe after playing the computer game World of Warcraft for 19 straight hours without taking a break.
Wu Tai, 24, was at an unnamed internet cafe playing the popular fantasy game when he suddenly began coughing up blood, Central European News (CEN) reported. After a few strenuous hacks, Wu collapsed in his chair.
CCTV footage showed the incident unfold.
Fellow gamer Hsin Lo, who was sitting next to Wu, told CEN, “I suddenly heard him groan and when I turned to see what had happened he was very pale and looked uncomfortable. He was dabbing at his mouth with a hankie which had blood on it.”
When paramedics arrived to the scene, they attempted to resuscitate Wu, but he was already dead.
A police spokeswoman said, “An autopsy will determine the cause of death but there seems little doubt his playing on the computer for 19 hours instead of resting contributed to his death.”