A teenager collapsed and died at his computer after having all-night gaming sessions during school half-term holidays.
Piyawat Harikun, 17, had broken up from classes at the beginning of October, using the free time to stay in his room playing multiplayer battle games.
The teenager’s parents said he would stay up all night then draw the curtains in the day to continue his fixation with gaming, spending hours on the computer at the home in Udon Thani.
They would take food to his room and urged him to stop, but he refused to cut down on his obsession.
Piyawat’s father Jaranwit, went to the bedroom on Monday afternoon and found his son slumped over a PC tower on the floor.
There was a pile of takeaway boxes on the desk and a bottle of fizzy pop at his feet, while his headphones were resting on top of another computer tower.
Jaranwit, an air force officer, said he tried to revive his son but he was already dead.
Medics who examined the body said the teenager died from a stroke, which they believe was caused by playing the computer constantly through the night.
The boy’s body was taken from the hospital to a nearby Buddhist temple where his devastated father was waiting to arrange a funeral.