Teen Commits Suicide on Webcam

The sad story of Abraham Biggs, the Pembroke Pines teen who commited suicide live on webcam, just broke locally, but details began emerging from various Internet sources late yesterday afternoon. Valleywag reports that Biggs was a regular user of Justin.tv, a lifecasting site, often transmitting the scenes from his life online, up until the final one. Most of the people who watched Biggs that night did so because they knew he planned on committing suicide by ODing on pills; some even left comments urging him on. The webcam continued rolling as Biggs died, and streamed live even when police discovered his body. No one watching called the police until it was too late.

The suicide note posted on the forums of BodyBuilding.com painted a picture of a depressed soul who blamed himself for way too much and believed he had let everyone around him down.

"I have let everyone down and I feel as though I will never change or never improve. I am in love with a girl and I know that I am not good enough for her. I have come to believe that my life has all been meaningless. I keep trying and I keep failing."

Some users replied with "OMFG" and "LOL," but apparently this wasn't Biggs's first cry for help. In a remembrance thread on the site, one user posted, "I guess it's sad to see him really do it for once. Honestly, I was tired of him coming here every few months to talked about ODing and trying to kill himself again."

Unfortunately Biggs's case is far from the first involving people cheering on an Internet suicide, but as far as we can tell, Biggs is the youngest to do so. Sadly, his MySpace page showed a different side of him. He wrote, "I am very goal-oriented, I know what I want to do with my life and I'm working towards it."

In the end, it's useless to try to place blame for a suicide, but it's sad that Biggs had made so many cries for help online, only for so many to treat them as a joke.

--Kyle Munzenrieder

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