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Man hangs self in webcam chat

September 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Chilean police said a young man distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend hanged himself while she watched over a Web camera.

Deputy inspector Carlos Court said Simon Venegas, 26, was chatting with his former girlfriend when he pointed his camera at a tree outside his house, hung a rope over a branch and told her, "Watch what I'm going to do" and "I love you, take care." He then hanged himself.

The horrified 23-year-old woman called Venegas' friends to stop him, but Court said they arrived too late. The couple broke up a year ago.

The suicide happened Friday in San Felipe, about 55 miles north of Santiago.

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