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There's confusion today over the possible suicide of a terminally ill patient due to be broadcast on the Web last Saturday.

According to reports, the Webcast of a suicide during a rock concert did not take place after the Web site was floored by a denial of service attack thought to originate from Hong Kong.

Shock rock outfit Hell on Earth had planned to show the suicide on its Web site as it played on stage somewhere in St Petersburg, Florida.

Reports suggest that both the suicide and the gig didn't take place but have been postponed for a week. The band's Web site was down at the time of writing.

However, the St Petersburg Times is quoting a radio DJ who claims to have video footage of the band playing over the weekend and some "'crazy' footage that purports to show a sickly-looking man committing suicide through 'some sort of asphyxiation'."

The DJ, Shane Bugbee, isn't convinced it's for real but told the paper that he would reveal more on his radio show due to be broadcast today.

City officials had taken action last week to ban the gig and suicide - a move dismissed by band leader Billy Tourtelot, who said he'd sworn an oath to his terminally ill friend to Webcast the suicide. ®

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