A 23-year-old Brazilian college student tragically died after taking 25 shots of vodka in less than a minute, and a quote on his Facebook page strangely predicted his untimely death.
Reports say that Humberto Moura Fonseca was partaking in a drinking competition with friends at Julio de Mesquita University in Baura, Brazil, and after completing the task of drinking 25 shots of vodka in less than a minute, he started complaining to friends about feeling sick before suddenly collapsing.
Fonseca was rushed to a local hospital, but sadly, he died on the way. Reports say that six other students got sick from alcohol poisoning and had to be rushed to the hospital; three of those students are currently in intensive care.
“We were all having a great time and someone came up with the idea of the drinking competition,” 23-year-old Rodrigo Pancetti said, according to The Daily Mirror. “I knew I'd already had too much and there was no way I was going to be able to drink five, let alone 25. But Humberto and the others were really up for it.
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“On his Facebook there’s a quote, a motto, from the Russian poet Vladimir Maiakovski which says ‘It is better to die from vodka than from boredom,’” Pancetti continued. “I never thought that would become reality. But once he had finished he said he felt ill and suddenly collapsed. We assumed it was because he was drunk but then six others also collapsed, including the winner, so we called an ambulance.”
Following the student’s death, police say they will likely charge the party organizers with homicide.
“Two fourth year students at the university have been arrested for organising [sic] the event without a license and for potentially causing the death of the student,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
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The university said in a statement that they “very much regret the death of this young man,” and that they send their condolences to his family and friends.
“We would like to remind students,” a university spokesperson said, “that drinking alcohol in the university is banned.”