Man Commits Suicide Live on Justin.tv

Here’s a story nobody likes to hear. 19-year-old Abraham K. Briggs overdosed on pills on a live webcam stream before hundreds of people on Wednesday night, all while commenters on Justin.tv and bodybuilding.com encouraged him, apparently thinking it was some kind of joke. He lay passed out on his webcam for hours until he appeared to stop breathing, at which point people watching realized it was no joke.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Followers of internet lore are surely familiar with Brandon “I told u I was hardcore” Vedas, who overdosed on drugs live on a webcam after having given personal information out to the viewers in case something went wrong. All were too afraid to get in trouble to call the authorities.

There’s definitely something about being on the internet that makes you feel cut off from and not responsible for the people you’re dealing with, but when you’re watching a real, live human on video doing something obviously damaging to themselves, it’s completely inexcusable to do nothing. And to egg them on, well, that’s something those people will have to deal with on their own. A sad story all around.

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