SANTIAGO – A 26-year-old man hanged himself in front of a Web camera while chatting with his ex-girlfriend, who saw it all happen and urged friends to go help him, though they were unable to prevent his death, the Chilean press reported.
Simon Venegas, who lived in San Felipe, located 88 kilometers (55 miles) north of Santiago, was chatting over a Web camera with his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend when he killed himself, the La Tercera newspaper reported in its online edition.
Venegas tried to convince the girl to give him another chance and insinuated that otherwise he would take his own life.
He then focused the camera on the adjoining terrace where he hanged himself with a wire as images of the act continued to be transmitted to his ex-girlfriend.
“When the friends arrived and found him, in their desperation they even tried to revive him, but the youth was already dead,” police inspector Rafael Herrera said.
The police will review the youth’s chats from the hours before his death to determine whether he was incited to commit suicide.
“We’ve never seen a case like this. Besides investigating the circumstances of his death, we have to determine what was going on with the young man and whether third parties were involved, even indirectly,” Herrera said. EFE