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MIAMI – A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live webcam as some computer users egged him on, others tried to talk him out of it, and another messaged OMG in horror when it became clear it was no joke. Some watchers contacted the Web site to notify police, but by the time officers entered Abraham Biggs' home — a scene also captured on the Internet — it was too late.

Biggs, a 19-year-old Broward College student who suffered from what his family said was bipolar disorder, or manic depression, lay dead on his bed in his father's Pembroke Pines house Wednesday afternoon, the camera still running 12 hours after Biggs announced his intentions online around 3 a.m.

It was unclear how many people watched it unfold.

Biggs was not the first person to commit suicide with a webcam rolling. But the drawn-out drama — and the reaction of those watching — was seen as an extreme example of young people's penchant for sharing intimate details about themselves over the Internet.

Biggs' family was infuriated that no one acted sooner to save him, neither the viewers nor the Web site that hosted the live video, Justin.tv. The Web site shows a video image, with a space alongside where computer users can instantly post comments.

Only when police arrived did the Web feed stop, "so that's 12 hours of watching," said the victim's sister, Rosalind Bigg. "They got hits, they got viewers, nothing happened for hours."

She added: "It didn't have to be."

An autopsy concluded Biggs died from a combination of opiates and benzodiazepine, which his family said was prescribed for his bipolar disorder.

Biggs announced his plans to kill himself over a Web site for bodybuilders, authorities said. But some users told investigators they did not take him seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site before.

Some members of his virtual audience encouraged him to do it, others tried to talk him out of it, and some discussed whether he was taking a dose big enough to kill himself, said Wendy Crane, an investigator with the Broward County medical examiner's office.

A computer user who claimed to have watched said that after swallowing some pills, Biggs went to sleep and appeared to be breathing for a few hours while others cracked jokes.

Someone notified the moderator of the bodybuilding site, who traced Biggs' location and called police, Crane said.

As police entered the room, the audience's reaction was filled with Internet shorthand: "OMFG," one wrote, meaning "Oh, my God." Others, either not knowing what they were seeing, or not caring, wrote "lol," which means "laughing out loud," and "hahahah."

An online video purportedly from Biggs' webcam shows a gun-wielding officer entering a bedroom, where a man is lying on a bed, his face turned away from the camera. The officer begins to examine him, as the camera lens is covered. Authorities could not immediately verify the authenticity of the video, though it matched their description of what occurred.

Montana Miller, an assistant professor of popular culture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, said Biggs' very public suicide was not shocking, given the way teenagers chronicle every facet of their lives on sites like Facebook and MySpace.

"If it's not recorded or documented then it doesn't even seem worthwhile," she said. "For today's generation it might seem, `What's the point of doing it if everyone isn't going to see it?'"

She likened Biggs' death to other public ways of committing suicide, like jumping off a bridge.

Crane said she knows of a case in which a Florida man shot himself in the head in front of an online audience, though she didn't know how much viewers saw. In Britain last year, a man hanged himself while chatting online.

In a statement, Justin.tv CEO Michael Seibel said: "We regret that this has occurred and want to respect the privacy of the broadcaster and his family during this time."

The Web site would not say how many people were watching the broadcast. The site as a whole had 672,000 unique visitors in October, according to Nielsen.

Miami lawyer William Hill said there is probably nothing that could be done legally to those who watched and did not act. As for whether the Web site could be held liable, Hill said there doesn't seem to be much of a case for negligence.

"There could conceivably be some liability if they knew this was happening and they had some ability to intervene and didn't take action," said Hill, who does business litigation and has represented a number of Internet-based clients. But "I think it would be a stretch."

Condolences poured into Biggs' MySpace page, where the mostly unsmiling teen is seen posing in a series of pictures with various young women. On the bodybuilding Web site, Biggs used the screen name CandyJunkie. His Justin.tv alias was "feels_like_ecstacy."

Rosalind Bigg described her brother as an outgoing person who struck up conversations with Starbucks baristas and enjoyed taking his young nieces to Chuck E. Cheese. He was health-conscious and exercised but was not a bodybuilder, she said.

"This is very, very sudden and unexpected for us," the sister said. "It boggles the mind. We don't understand."


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saw the video, nothing special
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Uhh there was this guy who didn't get any of the questions in some exam so he put 2 pencils in his nose and headbutted the desk.. and died.. that's pretty stupid.


#5
^ you're retarded. (edit: to second poster)

*sigh* yeah it probably didn't have to be. Suicide is never the answer, there are always people willing to help.
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I post on the Bodybuilding site they're talking about, some crazy shizz.
#7
yup thats the internet for you. Don't care about the people on it cause most of them don't care about you.

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#8
That's ridiculous, but people have hung and shot themselves on live webcam.

Suicide is selfish, I feel sorry for the family.
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^ you're retarded.

*sigh* yeah it probably didn't have to be. Suicide is never the answer, there are always people willing to help.


why am I retarded?
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Uhh there was this guy who didn't get any of the questions in some exam so he put 2 pencils in his nose and headbutted the desk.. and died.. that's pretty stupid.


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"A user messaged OMG in horror"

What the bloody **** has this world come to? Oooh it's so cool to watch other people kill themselves on the internet. Get a ****ing lives you pieces of utter ****. It's pretty bad you're connected to a computer 24/7 but watching someone kill themselves to make yourselves feel better about it is ****ing disgusting. This is one ****ed up story and shows how some people are totally ****ed in the head.
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They couldnt have saved him anyway. Its ridiculous blaming the people on the website for this. He killed himself so its his own fault and nobody elses.
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"A user messaged OMG in horror"

What the bloody **** has this world come to? Oooh it's so cool to watch other people kill themselves on the internet. Get a ****ing lives you pieces of utter ****. It's pretty bad you're connected to a computer 24/7 but watching someone kill themselves to make yourselves feel better about it is ****ing disgusting. This is one ****ed up sotry and shows how some people are totally ****ed in the head.


You don't have to be a loser attached to the computer 24/7 to enjoy watching someone die, just look at the Roman's, it's just entertainment, something you don't see everyday
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Uhh there was this guy who didn't get any of the questions in some exam so he put 2 pencils in his nose and headbutted the desk.. and died.. that's pretty stupid.


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You don't have to be a loser attached to the computer 24/7 to enjoy watching someone die, just look at the Roman's, it's just entertainment, something you don't see everyday

Entertainment?... I'm tempted to say "Cool, entertain us and kill yourself, ****"... But that would just be mean.
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Entertainment?... I'm tempted to say "Cool, entertain us and kill yourself, ****"... But that would just be mean.


Well I wouldn't because I enjoy my life But I would say that I enjoy it in the same sence that I enjoy watching Ripley's, like I said earlier, something I don't see everyday
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Uhh there was this guy who didn't get any of the questions in some exam so he put 2 pencils in his nose and headbutted the desk.. and died.. that's pretty stupid.


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You don't have to be a loser attached to the computer 24/7 to enjoy watching someone die, just look at the Roman's, it's just entertainment, something you don't see everyday


eah but who in their right mind enjoys seeing people kill themselves?

Right messed up people that is...they're just emerging though because now they can use the internet to communicate. Before they hid in their basements.
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The worst bit is the people in that chatroom kept on laughing even when the cops came.

It's disgusting.
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Well I wouldn't because I enjoy my life But I would say that I enjoy it in the same sence that I enjoy watching Ripley's, like I said earlier, something I don't see everyday

You sick bastard.
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eah but who in their right mind enjoys seeing people kill themselves?

Right messed up people that is...they're just emerging though because now they can use the internet to communicate. Before they hid in their basements.


Well perhaps you're right but if he kills himself on cam he obviously wants to give a laugh to somebody, hell if I were to go through the trouble of killing myself I'd want someone to have to be entertained at it too, as a guitarist I am an entertainer and I will take that with me to the death
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Uhh there was this guy who didn't get any of the questions in some exam so he put 2 pencils in his nose and headbutted the desk.. and died.. that's pretty stupid.


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You sick bastard.


so you've never seen a shock picture or video, that you 'consented' to watching.
yo.

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Well perhaps you're right but if he kills himself on cam he obviously wants to give a laugh to somebody, hell if I were to go through the trouble of killing myself I'd want someone to have to be entertained at it too, as a guitarist I am an entertainer and I will take that with me to the death


Dude...all I can say is that is ****ing weird. =/
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so you've never seen a shock picture or video, that you 'consented' to watching.

I haven't.
But anyway, I think 2 girls eating poop doesn't equate to watching someone kill themself.
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Dude...all I can say is that is ****ing weird. =/


Maybe, but seeing as how the general public would come out to see these, as today would be called "gruesome" fights, since it was no big deal, perahps after Christianity took it's hold on the world and deemed gladitorial fights barbaric people just stop liking seeing such things? I doubt that quite highly, I'm sure theres many that converted without an issue and "saw the light" but at least I think that now since it's generally considered a terrible thing to mainstream society more people supress the urge to see such things, and maybe some haven't ever seen it, so they wouldn't really know. I think this "barbarism" is almost natural, or so ingrained in humanity that it could be considered. Or maybe I'm just wrong.


Also I sound kinda stoned, maybe I'm just THAT tired right now


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I guess the video of this isn't on the net, huh?


It is, but what I saw was just him laying there as the cops come in and throw a black cloth over the cam
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I can't understand why he killed himself.
It's just stupid, i mean, what's the reason for ending your own life?
I have nothing else to say but this- This dude was retarded.
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The worst bit is the people in that chatroom kept on laughing even when the cops came.

It's disgusting.


That's /b/ for ya, probably every /b/tard online at the time was watching it and fapping to it...
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You don't have to be a loser attached to the computer 24/7 to enjoy watching someone die, just look at the Roman's, it's just entertainment, something you don't see everyday

That's a pretty sick and sadistic thing to say. Who the hell would enjoy watching someone die?
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If I saw something like that on the internet, I wouldn't believe it was real...

I wouldn't watch it either way.
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That's a pretty sick and sadistic thing to say. Who the hell would enjoy watching someone die?


Well check in some of my previous posts, inform me if I haven't actually said why, I'd be glad to tell
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"OMFG," one wrote, meaning "Oh, my God



it actually means oh my f ucking god.
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it actually means oh my f ucking god.

I was not aware of that.


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#35
Meh. It was an overdose, probably not worth watching - A bit of extreme lead poisoning would've been worth a watch though.
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Everyone who enjoyed watching this poor guy die, must really have a sad life. It's like those **** bags that gather around car crashes. People can be disgusting.
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Looking at these replies, I really don't know what to say. Some of you deserve a dildo up your ass.
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Looking at these replies, I really don't know what to say. Some of you deserve a dildo up your ass.


that ain't that bad.

at least it's inanimate.
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#40
Stop with the competitive sadding.

This does not affect you in anyway, there is no need to give a fuck. Even less need for the false sympathy.
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