Original URL: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/22/webcam_suicide/
Teen discussed suicide plan online 12 hours before webcam death
Some watchers encouraged overdose
The Florida teen whose lethal drug overdose was broadcast live over the net earlier this week began blogging about his intended suicide 12 hours before.
As reported by the AP, 19-year-old college student Abraham Briggs died Wednesday afternoon in his bed after ingesting a lethal mixture of drugs used to treat depression.
As early as 3am, he discussed his plan to commit suicide in a forum at the website bodybuilding.com, and he posted a link to Justin.tv, the site where his death was broadcast via webcam.
After blogging about his overdose, he could be seen lying in his bed for as long as 12 hours. Some watchers urged him to take more drugs. Others attempted to talk him out of it. Still others questioned whether the dose he took was enough to kill him.
At one point, a visitor to bodybuilding.com notified a site moderator of Briggs' intentions, and the police were called. When the police arrived at his home, he was dead. Among the last images captured: An officer with gun drawn enters the room and begins examining the body. Then the video lens is covered.
Briggs' father said his son had a history of depression and had been prescribed benzodiazepine to treat bipolar disorder. ®