Teen Collapses And Dies At Computer After All-Night Gaming Session
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A teenager has collapsed and died at his computer, having been up late enjoying all-night gaming sessions during the half-term holidays.
Piyawat Haikun, 17, had a severe gaming addiction, which meant when he broke up from classes at the end of October, he used his free time to play on multiplayer battle games on his PC.
Piyawat's devastated parents said he would stay up all night, before drawing the curtains during the day so that he could continue gaming.
As he spent hour upon hour glued to the computer at his home in Udon Thani, northern Thailand, his mum and dad would try to take food into his room and urge their son to stop, but he simply refused to cut down.
Piyawat's father Jaranwit went into his son's bedroom on the Monday (4 November) afternoon, where he found him collapsed - slumped against a PC tower on the floor after falling from his computer chair.
They found a pile of takeaway boxes on Piyawat's desk and a bottle of fizzy pop at his feet, while his headphones were resting on top of another computer tower.
Jaranwit explained how he tried to revive his son, but tragically Piyawat was already dead.
Jaranwit, an air force officer, said: ''I called his name and said, 'Wake up, wake up' but he did not respond.
"I could see he was dead.''
Medics who examined the body yesterday afternoon said the teenager had died from a stroke.
They claim this may have been caused by playing the computer constantly through the night, although this has not been officially confirmed.
Admitting his son had been a gaming addict, Jaranwit urged other parents to be careful with their children - and not to let them become too hooked on gaming.
He said: "My son was smart and always did great at school, but he had a major problem with gaming addiction.
"I tried to warn him about his relentless long hours playing games and he promised to reduce it, but it was too later. He had already died before he had a chance to change.
"I want my son's death to be an example and warning for parents whose children are game addicts. They need to be more strict on their children's playing hours otherwise they could end up like my son."
Piyawat's body was taken from the hospital to a nearby Buddhist temple, where his father was waiting to arrange a funeral.
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