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Chinese man dies from sleep deprivation after staying up late to watch the World Cup

The 25-year-old man was found dead with the TV on after the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 on Friday.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 16, 2014 at 9:48 AM   |   Comments

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SUZHOU, China, June 16 (UPI) -- According to reports, a Chinese World Cup fan who stayed up late to watch the coverage of the event has died from sleep deprivation.

The 25-year-old football fan was found slumped in front of his television at his home in Suzhou sometime after the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 on Friday.

Due to an 11-hour time difference, World Cup games from Brazil are broadcast in China in the middle of the night.

The man was taken to People's Hospital of Xiangcheng and pronounced dead. Doctors at the hospital said the man's death "was linked to staying up late watching the games," China Daily reported.

Exhaustion or a heart attack also may have contributed to the man's death.

Doctors are warning fans in China to be "cautious about their health" while watching midnight matches.

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