Man dies after 3-day Internet cafe gaming binge

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KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — A 32-year-old man was found dead after playing computer games for three straight days at an Internet cafe in Taiwan.

According to the Taipei Times, it is the nation’s second “sudden death” case involving Internet cafe patrons this year.

The Taipei Times reports other patrons thought the man, surnamed Hsieh, was asleep at first. But when an attendant checked on him, he found the man was not breathing.

Hsieh was reportedly rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Taipei Times, an attendant told reporters, “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.”

A local police chief said cold temperatures and over-exhaustion from intense gaming likely contributed to Hsieh’s death.

According to the Taipei Times, another man, 38,  was previously found dead at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City on Jan. 1  after five days of video-game binging.

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