My heart goes out to this man and his parents.
Gamer commits suicide
Correspondents in Sofia
JANUARY 20, 2006
Correction: On 19 January AustralianIT published a story about the suicide of an online gamer sourced from news wire service Agence France-Press (AFP). The story contained major factual errors. AFP has issued a corrected story which is published here.
A young American committed suicide after talking about it on an internet gaming forum where other players tried in vain to dissuade him, the designer of the web forum said.
Bulgarian Boyan Georgiev, one of the owners of the company MaxEffect that designed the www.metalgearsolid.org site, said the young man - registered under the nickname "Kuja 105" - shared online that he had family problems and financial difficulties and was thinking about committing suicide.
He wrote that he was swallowing pills and antifreeze.
For hours "Mitchell S", since revealed to be Mitchell Lee Stuekerjuergen, shared with other users what he was feeling, then started sending illegible messages and quit the forum, Mr Georgiev said.
"Other users asked him not to commit suicide. He agreed to talk about this over the phone with another user who gave him his phone number," he said.
One of the American administrators of the site, Ryan Kincaid, said in an email that he "spoke with him (Kuja) briefly over the phone and attempted to talk him out of suicide".
"While we did initially believe that he was joking (that is the internet, after all), we quickly realised that he was serious about his intentions and spent the next several hours attempting to convince him that there were alternative solutions to his problems," Mr Kincaid wrote.
Mr Kincaid said that he learned about his friend's death by calling his parents' house.
Mr Georgiev said his company created the site www.metalgearsolid.org, hosted by the American bluehost.com internet server.
The site had been suspended Wednesday by the host server pending a investigation, Mr Georgiev said, without giving further details.