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Taiwanese man dies after three-day computer gaming binge

By Amy R. Connolly
A 32-year-old man died of a heart attack in a Taiwan Internet cafe during a three-day gaming binge. Police said he was likely dead for hours before someone noticed. Photo by Adam Ziaja / Shutterstock
A 32-year-old man died of a heart attack in a Taiwan Internet cafe during a three-day gaming binge. Police said he was likely dead for hours before someone noticed. Photo by Adam Ziaja / Shutterstock

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A Taiwanese man who was on a three-day computer gaming binge died in an Internet cafe and went unnoticed for hours, the second such death in the area in less than a month.

The man, identified as Hsieh, went into the Internet cafe on Jan. 6 and was found motionless on a table on Jan. 8. Investigators said the man had a heart attack. His death went unnoticed for several hours as gamers continued around him.

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"The CCTV footage from the Internet cafe showed that he had a small struggle before he collapsed motionless," Jennifer Wu, a police spokesperson from the Hunei district, told CNN.

Family members told police the 32-year-old man was unemployed and would often disappear for several consecutive days. Workers said they didn't notice the man had died because he would often take naps.

"Hsieh was a regular customer here and always played for consecutive days. 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 cafe attendant told the Taipei Times.

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On Jan. 1, a 38-year-old man was found dead in an Internet cafe in New Taipei City after a five-day gaming binge. Police said in both cases other gamers seemed uninterested in the commotion.

"We went inside to cordon off the tables and had investigators there to gather evidence. Only then did the other patrons realize that someone had died, but they still showed no concern and kept playing their games," a police spokesperson told the Taipei Times. "We were amazed at their nonchalant attitude."

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