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Gamer dies following 40-hour Diablo III marathon

A young male has died after playing 40 hours playing Diablo III in an internet cafe in Taiwan.

An 18-year-old gamer has died in Taiwan after spending 40 hours straight playing the action role playing game in an internet cafe.

The male teenager who has only been identified by his surname Chuang had booked a private room in the cafe in southern Taiwan at around midday on July 13th. He continued to play for almost two days without eating or sleeping, according to the United Daily News broadsheet.

On July 15th, a worker at the location went into the room to find the man asleep on a table. After being awoken, he took a few steps before collapsing. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead shortly afterwards, the report said.

The cause of death is a mystery at present, with police investigating an autopsy to be carried out.

There have been suggestions that spending an extended amount of time in the sedentary position may have lead to cardiovascular issues or a blood clot.

A statement from the developers of Diablo III Blizzard Entertainment read: "We're saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don't feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved.

"While we recognise that it's ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person's day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment."

This is not the first time that a person had died in these circumstances of late, with another similar death occurring in New Taipei earlier this year.

The man was discovered in his computer chair with his arms outstretched for the keyboard after spending 23 hours playing a game. He was reported to die from cardiac arrest.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801411253-ADNFCR