A second-year Chinese university student, surnamed Lin, committed suicide by leaping from the seventh floor of a campus building yesterday after losing $3,000USD (approximately 18,000RMB) betting on the World Cup.
According to the SCMP:
“I heard him say, ‘Do not force me’ and ’Give me two more days and I’ll return you the money’,” [a witness said].
“He talked on the phone for more than 10 minutes. I saw him hang up and stand up and then all in a sudden he just disappeared,” she said.
Lin was rushed to hospital in Panyu in the southern province of Guangdong, but doctors were not able to revive him […].
Another student described as a classmate of Lin’s said the gambler had lost nearly 20,000 yuan (HK$25,100) in bets on several World Cup games, it said.
World Cup gambling is huge at the moment throughout Asia. Police in Macau raided an illegal HK$5 billion gambling ring yesterday.
Lin’s suicide adds another casualty to the World Cup death toll. Last week, a fan died from “over-excitement”.
By Aliaume Leroy