Deadly Exciting Film

A 42-year-old man with a history of hypertension from Hsinchu, Taiwan, whose name has not been released to the press, died 11 days after having a stroke while in a movie theater watching the 2009 James Cameron film Avatar in 3D. According to the emergency room physician that oversaw the man when he arrived at the hospital, his stroke was due to “becoming over-excited” due to the emotional effects of the film.

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Fatal alcohol immersion

A 45-year-old woman from Taiwan, whose name was not released to the press, died of alcohol intoxication after immersing herself in a bathtub that was 40% ethanol, for 12 straight hours. At the time of her discovery, she had a blood alcohol content of 1.35%. Her family told the press that she may have done it due to believing that she could decontaminate herself from exposure to the SARS virus with alcohol.

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Man Dies After 23-hour Gaming Marathon

Chen Rong-yu, 23, died after playing a computer game at a Taipei internet cafe for 23 hours. Chen was playing the League of Legends, an online multi-player battle game. He took frequent nap breaks, so staff were not alarmed to see him apparently resting. The following night, an employee tried to wake him, but found his body was cold and called police. A combination of fatigue, lack of movement and the cold weather could have caused blood clots and a heart attack.