An 18 year old from Taiwan apparently collapsed and died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours straight, without even stopping to eat. The teen, who is only being identified as Chaung, rented a private room in an internet café in Tainan, and proceeded to spend the next two days slicing up baddies.
After two days, an attendant came into Chaung’s room and found him sleeping on the table, and although he was able to wake him up, Chaung collapsed on the floor and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Apparently he suffered a blood clot from sitting for too long, but at this point that’s only speculation.
Blizzard, in a really classy move (we'd like to take the time to say that we echo their words), released the following statement regarding Chaung’s death:
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.
On a related note (as if we needed to report more grim news), the Huffington Post points out that another Taiwanese man died back in February after a 23 hour League of Legends session.