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Teen Commits 'Suicide by Piranha'

Bolivian leaps into river swarming with flesh-eating fish
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2011 12:40 AM CST
Teen Commits 'Suicide by Piranha'
Red-bellied piranhas are up to 14 inches long and have razor-sharp teeth.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An 18-year-old Bolivian picked a bizarre and gruesome way to commit suicide, police say. The intoxicated teen jumped out of his canoe into a stretch of river infested with piranhas and bled to death after suffering dozens of bites, the Sun reports. Police believe the death was suicide because the teen was a fisherman who knew the river well and was aware that it was swarming with the flesh-eating fish at this time of year. Earlier this year, piranhas attacked 100 beachgoers in Brazil. (Read more suicide stories.)

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