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Kevin Whitrick
Born 17 August 1964(1964-08-17)
Cross Houses, Shrewsbury
Died 21 March 2007 (aged 42)
Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, UK
Occupation Engineer
Spouse(s) Paula

Kevin Neil Whitrick or (August 17, 1964 - March 21, 2007) was a British citizen and an electrical engineer.[1] Whitrick's death was highly publicized for his live, online webcasted suicide.

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Biography

Marriage and children

At the time of his death, he was married to his wife Paula, and had 12-year-old twins, one male and one female, but lived apart from his family after the breakdown of his marriage two years previously.[2]

Suicide

On the day of his death, Kevin Whitrick was in a chatroom on PalTalk and was joined by about 60 other users in a special "insult" chatroom where people "have a go at each other".[2] He punched a hole in his ceiling and placed a rope around a joist and around his neck, then stepped off a chair. Some people thought this was a prank, until his face started turning blue. Some people in the chat room egged him on while others tried desperately to find his address. A member in the room contacted the police, who arrived at the scene two minutes later. Kevin Whitrick was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. GMT.[1]

Aftermath

The death has been reported in the press and is notable due to the fear of it inspiring other suicides, [3] the possibility of the webcam footage being made available on the internet,[4] and discussions over the culpability of web users who encouraged the man.

The police detectives traced about 100 chatroom users to question them about their role in the cyber suicide. [5] The Crown Prosecution Service has stated that none of the chatroom users will face criminal charges.[6]

Similar incidents

  • Brandon Vedas died of a drug overdose while engaged in an Internet chat, as shown on his webcam.[7]
  • Abraham Biggs, 19, committed suicide by consuming significant quantities of pain killers and temazepam, and streaming his suicide live on Justin.tv under the name feels_like_ecstacy . Before he fell unconscious and subsequently died, Biggs was also chatting on a body building forum, where he had reportedly threatened to commit suicide on numerous occasions. [8]

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