WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 17-year-old video game addict in Thailand was found dead after a marathon-long gaming session that lasted several nights.
- On Monday, Piyawat Harikun was discovered by his father collapsed from his computer chair in his bedroom after playing multiplayer battle games, according to The Mirror.
- Thai authorities believe the teenager died from a stroke apparently caused by his prolonged computer sessions.
A 17-year-old boy in Thailand died from a stroke after a marathon-long computer gaming session that finally took a toll on him, the Mirror reports.
Piyawat Harikun had reportedly spent several nights playing multiplayer battle games at his home in Udon Thani, northern Thailand.
His lifeless body was discovered by his father Jaranwit on Monday afternoon when he entered his bedroom. He found Piyawat had collapsed from his computer chair. There was a litter of takeout containers on the teen’s desk and a soda by the boy’s feet, according to the Mirror.
“I called his name and said ‘Wake up, wake up,’ but he did not respond,” Jaranwit, an air force officer, told the tabloid. “I could see he was dead.”
“I tried to warn him about his relentless long hours playing games and he promised to reduce it, but it was too late,” the father said. “He had already died before he had a chance to change.”
Now, Jaranwit is warning other parents, hoping his son’s death serves as a lesson to other young gamers who are similarly obsessed with video games.
“I want my son’s death to be an example and warning for parents whose children are game addicts,” he said. “They need to be more strict on their children’s playing hours otherwise they could end up like my son.”
In May, the World Health Organization officially added video game addiction to its International Classification of Diseases.