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'Choking Game' Kills 11-Year-Old

Garrett Pope's parents are speaking out to warn others

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, the parents of Garrett Pope, Jr., found the 11-year-old South Carolina boy in his room, dead from accidental asphyxiation. Now they're speaking out to let the world know that something called the "Choking Game" killed their little boy and to warn other parents so the same... More »

Cops: Robin Williams Hanged Himself by Belt

Assistant found him inside his home

(Newser) - Robin Williams' personal assistant is the person who found his body inside the actor's home yesterday morning, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said today. The assistant became concerned when Williams didn't answer the door and entered the home to investigate, discovering Williams in a seated position, slightly... More »

Missing Oregon Mom's Death Ruled a Suicide

Jennifer Huston was found with an empty bottle of sleeping pills and a note

(Newser) - Just a day after finding missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston's body, officials are ruling her death a suicide. Her husband first reported her missing after she left to run errands on the evening of July 24; the last known footage of her shows her entering a Rite Aid pharmacy,... More »

Death of UK Spy Found in Gym Bag 'Probably an Accident'

Police think Gareth Williams was alone

(Newser) - The MI6 spy whose naked body was found inside a zipped, padlocked gym bag probably died ... by accident, UK police have decided. The coroner said last year Gareth Williams was probably killed by someone else in a criminal act, but now the Metropolitan Police have completed an evidence review and... More »

Roach-Contest Winner Choked to Death

Edward Archbold, 32, couldn't stop vomiting

(Newser) - Hope you're not in the middle of eating: The Florida man who died after winning a roach-eating contest suffocated partly on little bug bodies, CBS Miami reports. Edward Archbold, 32, died from choking and vomiting due to "airway obstruction by the arthropod body parts," according to his... More »

Teen Deaths Prompt Police Alert Over 'Choking Game'

Asphyxiation game known as 'good kids' high'

(Newser) - The deaths of two teenage girls have prompted Chicago police to issue a warning about the "choking game"—asphyxiating oneself to gain a feeling of euphoria. Within just 2 weeks, the parents of Rebekah Toia, 15, and Angelena Ohanessian, 14, came home to find their children hanged. "... More »

Autoerotic Asphyxiation No Choking Matter

Death rate roughly equivalent to NYC's homicides

(Newser) - Autoerotic asphyxiation may seem like a fringe pursuit, but it kills hundreds of American men every year, Ian Daly writes in Details. Dubbed AeA, it involves partially choking oneself during orgasm to cut off oxygen and unleash a flood of pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain. Once considered the fatal fetish... More »

Annie Le Strangled: Autopsy

(Newser) - Connecticut's state medical examiner says Yale University grad student Annie Le died of traumatic asphyxiation, meaning she was strangled. Dr. Wayne Carver's office released a short statement about the autopsy today, three days after 24-year-old Le was found hidden inside the basement wall of a Yale medical school research building.... More »

Your Cat Will Not Smother Your Baby

(Newser) - A column suggesting that housecats murder babies out of jealousy has earned the Houston Chronicle a lot of, well, catcalls. It's not true, the paper now reports. “It’s funny that someone would still actually think that is true,” said a veterinarian and SPCA official. “That is... More »

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