Angry Sister of Web Suicide: 'No One Lifted a Finger'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2008 11:46 AM CST

(Newser) – The Florida teen who committed suicide live via webcam was bipolar and used his own prescription drugs to kill himself, the Miami Herald reports. “It’s unimaginable,” the boy’s father said. “I did everything I could. I'm sorry it wasn't enough.” His sister expressed anger at the online viewers who watched him lie motionless. "I just do not understand how so many hours passed and no one lifted a finger," she told the New York Post. Some commentators mocked him; others thought it a joke.

Friends of 19-year-old Abraham Biggs, who recently enlisted in the Army Reserves, said he was upset over his parents’ divorce and a contentious relationship with his sometime girlfriend. Biggs’ father said he had no intention of watching the video and complained about the "lack of control" over such postings. Biggs' mother said he "was well loved and cared for. However, the mental illness of bipolarity and depression got the better part of him.”