In what’s dubbed Britain’s first cyber-suicide, 42 year old Kevin Whitrick of Wellington was found hanged in his home by police, after receiving reports from other PalTalk members. Apparently the whole episode was broadcasted via webcam.
What sickens me is that there are people who urged him to carry on with his planned online suicide. Quoting the article:
“Some of us chatroom users, talking to Kevin over text chat, microphones and video tried to convince him to step down, but others egged him on telling him to get on with it.
“We just couldn’t believe he was doing it – it was surreal.
“One chatter said: ‘F***ing do it, get on with it, get it round your neck. For F***’s sake he can’t even do this properly’.”
Another user who did not wish to be named said: “When Kevin stepped off the chair and was left dangling, the mood in the chatroom changed and people began to realise what they had just seen.
Hopefully the person who said that will forever be haunted by what had happened to Mr Whitrick. He was a person who needed support and assistance, yet there are some heartless people out there who further provoke him by such taunts.