An 18-year-old collapsed and died at an internet cafe after playing an online computer game for 40 hours straight.

The teenager from Taiwan, identified only by his surname, Chuang, had reportedly gone without food for almost two days.

He booked a private room at the cafe in Tainan, southern Taiwan, at around noon on July 13, and began playing the popular game, Diablo 3. An attendant found him asleep at the table on the morning of July 15 and woke him up, AAP reported.

Mr Chuang took a few steps and then collapsed, according to United Daily News broadsheet.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital.
Police are now investigating the cause of death and an autopsy is being carried out.

They speculated that long hours in a sedentary position created cardiovascular problems for Chuang, the report said.

The teenager had been playing the latest instalment of the role-playing game developed by US firm Activision Blizzard Inc. This is the second death in Taiwan from playing video games this year.

In February, a man in New Taipei was found dead, slumped in a chair facing a computer with his arms still reaching out for the keyboard after playing for 23 hours.

The cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest.

Last year, a 20-year-old man from Sheffield died from a blood clot after spending up to 12 hours at a time playing on his Xbox.


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