A teenager was found dead in an Internet cafe in Taiwan after reportedly playing a video game for 40 hours straight.

The 18-year-old, who has only been identified by his surname, Chuang, is believed to have collapsed during a marathon session of Diablo 3.

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On the morning of July 15, an attendant entered the room and found Chuang resting on a table. After the attendant woke him, he stood, took a few steps and then collapsed, reports said.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital.

Police were investigating the cause of death and an autopsy was being carried out.

It is the second death from playing video games in the country this year.

In February, a man in New Taipei was found dead, slumped in a chair facing a computer with his arms still reaching out for the keyboard after playing for 23 hours. The cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest.

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