THE WORLDPOST
11/11/2010 11:03 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Japanese Man Broadcasts His Suicide On The Internet

A Japanese man broadcast his own suicide live on the Internet after communicating with users who encouraged him to take his life, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 24-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was found dead in his Sendai apartment after police were contacted by web users. The man had been on extended sick leave from his job at a local bank since August and had previously posted complaints about his work online, the Daily Mail cites Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun as reporting.

According to the Telegraph, the man began broadcasting images of himself on the Ustream site on Sunday night, discussing his personal views on life while announcing his intention to kill himself.

The broadcast received a variety of exchanges -- some users reportedly believed they were watching a hoax and suggested he do it quickly, while others attempted to talk him out of going through with his plans. The Ustream broadcast resumed early Tuesday, and after a failed attempt with a twisted sheet, he finally succeeded in hanging himself at about 5:30 a.m. local time.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.