A throng of internet spectators watched Miami-Dade County resident Abraham K. Biggs commit suicide on a live video feed Wednesday, after leaving a suicide note on bodybuilding information forum Bodybuilding.com.
According to Bodybuilding.com moderators, Biggs had a reputation for internet trolling – causing both the forum’s users and administrators to take his suicide threats as a joke. After posting his suicide note, Biggs switched on his Justin.tv feed, and proceeded to take a large number of pills before laying down on his bed.
Biggs posted on the Bodybuilder.com forums under the nickname “Candiejunkie,” and his Justin.tv account is “feels_like_ecstacy”.
Concerned onlookers pleaded with forum members to intervene, but were instead met with cynicism “on account of his past trolling.” Mashable reports that the police intervened only after an unknown Indian man tracked down Biggs’ name and location – and even then he was met with police staff who “failed to take the call seriously.”
User chatter on bodybuilding.com’s “Misc” board indicates that the forum may have shut down for an unknown amount of time after the suicide. While it is unclear as to whether or not board administrators erased anything, at the time of this writing roughly half of the threads appearing on the board’s first page seem to discuss Biggs’ death.
Screenshots of the video feed show a police officer obscuring Bigg’s corpse, and its accompanying chat room window displayed users expressing amusement at the cops’ arrival. Before laying down, onlookers reportedly egged Biggs on, believing his suicide to be a stunt. Screenshots indicate that the video feed had about 1500 viewers.
At the time of this writing, videos of the police arriving are still viewable at YouTube.
Moderators appear to have deleted Biggs’ original thread sometime around Thursday afternoon. A Google cache snapshot, however, shows forum members responding to Biggs’ suicide note with messages like, “oh not again!”
“Why?” asked a different poster.
“I wanna die dur [sic]” Biggs replied.
Earlier in 2007, a British man hung himself after “about 100” spectators goaded him on in a chat room.
Compounding matters is the fact that suicide is a regular, misunderstood feature in internet humor – some of it mean-spirited, some of it not.
quote: What a sad state we are in as a society when people no longer care about anything else other than themselves and their immediate interests.
quote: Our population is spiraling out of control as it is, with only China actually doing something to stunt their growth.
quote: People commit suicide because they want attention.
quote: You can't really read the guys mind
quote: Compounding matters is the fact that suicide is a regular, misunderstood feature in internet humor – some of it mean-spirited, some of it not.
quote: Now you might say that's a harsh stance to take. A few years ago I outlined my veins vertically and started to cut them open (there's no coming back from that). I was out in the woods and all that was left to notify people was an email I timed to be sent out a day after I completed my suicide. Guess what, I didn't do it, I understood the consequences.
quote: Hello my name is Nik I have been a member on Dailytech for several years and never felt the need to complain to the writer of an article. I’m sure you’re bombarded with complaints about your articles from the stupid to the reasonable. However I’m not a man of complaints by any means of the imagination. However a phrase you used in one of your articles just sit me off. I however felt it’d be best to inform you assuming you’re a good journalist you’ll take my advice to heart.This concerns the individual who in my opinion was dumb enough to kill himself you commented that he was a member of the steroid forum called bodybuilding.com. I first must thank you for not using the term “roid” for only idiot’s use that term. However Bodybuilding is more than just a steroid junkie forum where individuals go to talk about their last cycle. It’s were you go to get advice from form, diet, workout routines, or like any successful community chat about regular life.Now I feel your comment concerning steroids has allowed you to shine a negative light on what could be a positive subject. You see I myself am a power lifter and a segment of the individuals in my sport do take part in steroid use. I have known them for long periods of time before, during, and after their steroid use and I can tell you they all seemed right in their mind. They also remained healthy and fresh and able to stop their cycle at any given point. They also were some of the hardest working individuals you’d meet.They follow a strict diet and a strict time line. They get up at 5 AM to eat they go the gym they come home at 8AM they eat they go to work and do a hard day’s work which during this time they follow their diet. After work they go to the gym and work out and stay fit. They are extremely disciplined individuals for that’s what any smart steroid user would give you as advice.I would advise you to research steroids. Not just what CNN has said about it? Also be more careful in insulting communities of professional power lifters/bodybuilders.