Suicide Caught on WebCam

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Abraham Biggs threatened suicide before, but finally went through with it live on the web:

A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live webcam as some computer users egged him on, others tried to talk him out of it, and another messaged OMG in horror when it became clear it was no joke. Some watchers contacted the Web site to notify police, but by the time officers entered Abraham Biggs’ home, a scene also captured on the Internet, it was too late.

Biggs, a 19-year-old Broward College student who suffered from what his family said was bipolar disorder, or manic depression, lay dead on his bed in his father’s Pembroke Pines house Wednesday afternoon, the camera still running 12 hours after Biggs announced his intentions online around 3 a.m.

It was unclear how many people watched it unfold.

Biggs was not the first person to commit suicide with a webcam rolling. But the drawn-out drama and the reaction of those watching was seen as an extreme example of young people’s penchant for sharing intimate details about themselves over the Internet.

Biggs’ family was infuriated that no one acted sooner to save him, neither the viewers nor the Web site that hosted the live video, Justin.tv. The Web site shows a video image, with a space alongside where computer users can instantly post comments.

No doubt, this is a d@mn shame, and we can sympathize with the family about their loss. However, with regard to making cyber threats on one’s own life, the point at which other people need to step in is, at best, vague.

Where does the responsibility for this young man’s untimely death lie?

Discuss

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  • Christmas Jones

    hannibal aint first today

  • Christmas Jones

    Dang, okay, Now I wish I could delete that comment I just wrote because it was so insensitive in light of this event…God forgive me.

    This is incredibly awful, and I feel for his family like yu wouldn’t believe…people in this world JUST DO NOT CARE!!! Even when human life is about to slip away, kids or whoever were just egging him on?? People are going to burn, you guys, they will burn…

    Why would he do this…satan is running wild these days on a real tip. We need to listen to the voice of God and the voice of reason which God put in all of us. YOUR LIFE IS TO PRECIOUS TO WASTE LIKE THIS! SOMEONE LOVES YOU WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!!!

  • Soldier Of Truth

    In this day and age people should know by now to NEVER take death threats lightly no matter whom it’s directed towards!

    My prayers go out to this young mans family! You can’t blame the internet for this one though!!

  • Eva

    I cant even understand why people were egging him on??? Who are these people? All I have to say is Jesus come, Jesus come!

  • CEE

    Man,first of all the responsibility of this man’s life laid in his own hands and his familys if he was at the point on that day where he was ready to commit actual suicide, Surely, me being in the medical field, there must of been some sort of signs of depression or abnormal behavior his family must have seen and took note of, and then seekin out this young man some help, you can fault the viewers that witnessed this, as many hoax and stunts and shyt that goes on in the internet, Surely if one truly believed that this young man was about to take his life they would of contacted the authorities immediately.

  • Sommer

    When I rfirst ead this pain went to my head. to think this young man though his only escape was to kill himself. We will never know what he could have given us. to also know there were people eging him on is disgusting. what has become of society when we get pleasure in telling someone to end their life. Then my final emotin was the pain the family must be feeling. they can not feel their pain among themselves but now everyone will know what they are going thru. I really hope they turn this tragedy into something postive, and help some other family who may be going thu this very real pain. my prayers will be with you.

  • Candid Canuck

    disturbing. very disturbing indeed.

  • beloved

    This is truly sad,people are so cruel, but if his family knew he was bipolar or was depressed why didn’t they get him help? trust leave those bastards who encourage him to kill himself in Gods hand.

  • eyecandy

    I usually don’t post, just ghost. But this story hit me like a brick!! We are watching people die online!!??? Some loving it, some in horror, but all watching,watching, watching. I am not immune, i would’ve probably watched too, although I would have definitley notified authorities. And this poor chile takes his life for notoriety! watching and being watched. Reality shows, YOUTUBE,talent contests,etc. are the current “cult of personality”. I wonder where this is all leading? I don’t have the answers, but with this brothas “cybercide” (I think I just coined a new phrase)and other media induced tragedies, what’s next? Discuss…

  • PeepEye

    That is really really sad.

    Abraham,

    I know that you were in pain, but that was an incredibly selfish, hurtful and most punishing thing that you have ever done to anyone. Both your relatives and friends will always be hurt and angry that you didn’t allow them to help you. They will never forgive you for it. They will always be haunted by the fact that you didn’t ask for help and they couldn’t give it. You chose to end your life rather than get help. You chose to broadcast your suicide to the world to show your hatred and anger towards them rather than to allow them privacy.

    You chose all that and they will never forgive you. They will always love you, but they won’t forgive you.

    I know because my 17 year old brother hung himself in the living room so my parents would find him when they came home from work. That was the most hurtful thing done to my parents in their whole life time.

  • memchee

    This is a shame. Him and his family are in my prayers.

    I’m suprised that someone would do such a thing online and people sitting around watching.

  • TASHA

    THREE SIGNS THERE THAT HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHOULD OF TOOK NOTE OF REALLY. 1.DIAGNOSIS OF MANIC DEPRESSION 2. DIAGNOSIS OF BEING BI-POLAR 3. PREVIOUS THREATS OF COMMITING SUICIDE. WHEN A PERSON HAS THESE KIND OF MENTAL DISORDERS YOU DON’T TAKE THERE THREATS LIGHTLY, WAY BEFORE NOW THERE SHOULD OF BEEN SOME SORT OF OUTSIDE INTERVENTION FOR HIM. HE’S SICK HE DOESN’T HAVE THE THOUGHT PROCESSES TO GET HELP HIMSELF. AN OUNCE OF PREVENTIONIS WORTH MORE THAN A POUND OF CURE. THEY CAN’T FAULT NO ONE BUT THEMSELVES.

  • swizzkhocolate

    This young man’s life was in his own hands. Currently I work at a psychiatric hospital and I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. One thing I am sure about is that people who want to die (by way of suicide) usually do and those who threaten or attempt suicide as a means to cry out for help usually do not die. This young man was serious about wanting to kill himself and there was probably little that could have been done at this point to save him. He fell between the cracks in my opinion and society at large failed him. he has probably been suffering for years and never really received the type of help he needed from the community he resided in (including family, friends, religion etc.) I send my prayers out to his loved ones.

  • adiamondcenter

    saaaaaaaaaaaaddd !!!!!!! bLESSES 2 HIS PEEPS

  • DR. CARPENTER

    HAVE MERCY LAWD… 😦

  • sopranojersey

    That guy is a LAME…Nothing in this world is that hard, to take your own life. Anything that does not kill you makes you a stronger person….so he PUNKED OUT in my opinion.

  • Film

    This is disturbing.

    swizzkhocolate

    Good luck defending your dissertation.

  • uhbeautifulmind

    Wow@PeepEye

    I am so sorry…that had to be tough for everyone involved.

    My aunt committed suicide a few years ago with drugs and she was as tough as they come. A pitbull was nothing compared to her. It just goes to show you never know someones limit. And every threat should be taken seriously.

  • ubetterwork

    i have a history of bi polar, manic depression – a close relative was even in Bellvue in NYC for it and died there of old age

    and I for sure have it I am not in any means suicidal but -depression everyday-moody as hell -my family tells me to get help and when you are a bi polar , manic depressive you just will not do it -unless you are locked up they cannot force you

  • Jay

    i echo many people that say this article is truly – disturbing. there has to be more to this story. a child suffering of bipolar disease or “maniac depression” should be under strict watch…regardless of age. SMH at the site. People are indeed heartless. I would have to say this untimely death ULTIMATELY lies in the hands of his guardians…

  • Film

    uhbeautifulmind & PeepEye

    Sorry about your aunt and brother.

  • Ms Burgess

    It really isn’t anybody’s responsiblity but his and his family. Yes if I were watching it I would have notified police but there is really nothing nobody could have done. He had already made the decision to take his own life. What needs to be done is things like that should be banded and that website should have to pay a fine for letting something like that be published on there website.

  • Necy

    OMG!!! I was horrified when I first heard about this on the news this morning… I hope that he has the peace that he was looking for….I can’t even begin to imagine what his family is going through!!! I’m so shocked…WOW

  • Necy

    and for the person calling him lame!!! how dare you?? HE WAS FUC*ING SICK… he had mental problems!! read the whole story before you talk sh*t.. JUST PRAY TO GOD THAT NOTHING LIKE THAT EVER HAPPENS TO YOUR SORRY ASS…

  • phrapp

    Im just speculating here, but he looks kind of gay. I wouldn’t be suprised if lots of black gay males committ suicide rather than come out to such a hostile homophobic community. I have two black and gay friends and they have the toughest time with their families and therefor with their lives.

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