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Chinese Gamer Dies After Playing World of Warcraft for 19 Straight Hours

Scott Cook Contributor

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.

Wu Tai was at a crowded internet cafe in Shanghai playing the popular fantasy game World of Warcraft with many other gamers. (Screenshot of CCTV)

Wu Tai was at a crowded internet cafe in Shanghai playing the popular fantasy game World of Warcraft with many other gamers. (Screenshot of CCTV)

Wu Tai started coughing blood after 19 consecutive hours of gaming. Other concerned gamers called the paramedics. (Screenshot of CCTV)

Wu Tai started coughing blood after 19 consecutive hours of gaming. Other concerned gamers called the paramedics. (Screenshot of CCTV)

After strenuously coughing up blood, Wu Tai collapsed in his chair. (Screenshot of CCTV)

After strenuously coughing up blood, Wu Tai collapsed in his chair. (Screenshot of CCTV)

When paramedics showed up, Wu Tai was pronounced dead on arrival. (Screenshot of CCTV)

When paramedics showed up, Wu Tai was pronounced dead on arrival. (Screenshot of CCTV)

Police cleared the internet cafe after Wu Tai's death. (Screenshot of CCTV)

Police cleared the internet cafe after Wu Tai’s death. (Screenshot of CCTV)

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.”