College Student Commits Suicide Live On Web

The family of a college student who killed himself live on the Internet say they're horrified his life ended before a virtual audience, and infuriated that viewers of the live webcam or operators of the Web site that hosted it didn't act sooner to save him.

Only after police arrived to find Abraham Biggs dead in his father's bed did the Web feed stop Wednesday — 12 hours after the 19-year-old Broward College student first declared on a Web site that he hated himself and planned to die.

"It didn't have to be," said the victim's sister, Rosalind Bigg. "They got hits, they got viewers, nothing happened for hours."

Biggs announced his plans to kill himself over a Web site for bodybuilders, authorities said. He posted a link from there to Justin.tv, a site that allows users to broadcast live videos from their webcams.

A computer user who claimed to have watched said that after swallowing some pills, Biggs went to sleep and appeared to be breathing for a few hours while others cracked jokes.

Some members of his virtual audience encouraged him to do it, others tried to talk him out of it, and some discussed whether he was taking a dose big enough to kill himself, said Wendy Crane, an investigator with the Broward County medical examiner's office.

Some users told investigators they did not take him seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site before.

Eventually, someone notified the moderator of the bodybuilding site, who traced Biggs' location and called police, Crane said.

The drama unfolded live on Justin.tv, which allows viewers to post comments alongside the video images.


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  • by Diamond Location: Chocowinity on Nov 26, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    I feel sorry for the family of this boy. This story just shows you how idiotic and rude people are. This boy was crying out for help and everyone up there was making a joke. No sympathy for anyone anymore. Everyone only cares about themselves. People just crack jokes and think everything is so funny. Go on you tube see some of them comments under the holocaust videos. It's ok there going to hell maybe they will go soon I am tired of living around such negative agnostic people.
  • by Bill Location: Ernul on Nov 24, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    The boy wanted the attention. He got the attention. Sad story, but the blame is on the person who took the pills by his own will.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    That's the problem with our society today. Everyone stands around and watches things happen, complaining or giving advice, but no one wants to do anything about it, to step in or step up. You see it all o fthe time, whether it's a woman getting robbed, or a teen killing himself. Have we as a nation nothing better to do than tune into a webcast and watch someone end there life. Morbid curiosity or a sign of things to come? No morals, or values left in this nation. So sad.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2008 at 08:21 AM
    As said as this situation is, the blame should not be put on the people in the chat room. This young man chose to end his life and that was his decision. It's not up to people in a chatroom to help this man with his problems.
  • by Brenda Location: Washington on Nov 24, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    Mainly to Mom but to all of you out there. 90% of Teenage kids think about suicide and 75% attempt it. I was a middle class child growing up with limited t.v. and no cell, no guns or anything making A's and B's in school and I remember attempting it 3 times as a teen. It has nothing to do with what you give them or don't it is all about the pressures of today. They say you should not be your childs friend; yes you should. If I had of felt like I could talk to my parents I may not have tried it. Granted I lived but I had friends that did not. Now that has taught me lessons with raising my kids. #1 always listen to your kids even when you dont have time! and pay attention to little things that may not mean anything right now. If this kid mad the threat once, the parents should have stepped in right then! Parents wake up our kids and their failures are a result to our raising them. We teach them how to fail, then get mad or suprised or morn when they do!
  • by WHOS FAULT??? Location: GREENVILLE on Nov 23, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    ever seen the movie running man with arnold swartzenegger? ya, thats what our entertainment is coming too.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:00 PM
    WOW...a permanent solution to a temporary problem!
  • by concerned Location: greenville on Nov 23, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    Cold hearted, Why you say something so mean? Obviously, this kid was suffering and needed help. But no one took the time out to help him, so he was not an idiot, you just don't know why he did what he did.
  • by mom Location: pitt co. on Nov 23, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    This is a result of parents insisting that kids raise themselves from the time they have to hold their own baby bottle. They give their kids guns, cars, cell phones and the internet, admonish them to 'be good,' and then they go back to 'work.' This is so sad. Each child is a gift from God. Some people think they are 'acquisitions.'
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:01 AM
    Thats disturbing. The fact that he did it via live webcam suggests that he wanted somebody to intervene.. That or he thought he was making some big statement. Either way, my prayers go out to the family.
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