A Chinese soccer fan who did not want to miss a single minute of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has reportedly passed away at his home after staying up to watch every single match on television.
Zhou Meng, 39, of Shanghai, collapsed in front of the TV in his living room after suffering a stroke on Saturday while watching Costa Rica’s 3-1 victory over Uruguay, the Daily Mail reports.
Meng had previously stayed up all night Thursday and Friday to watch live coverage of the tournament held in Brazil, while he went to work during the day time.
He was reportedly taken to the Shanghai No. 10 People’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead hours later.
Gao Liang, director of the hospital’s neurosurgery department, says Meng had a history of high blood pressure.
Liang added that those who suffer from high blood pressure can have hemorrhages when events make them emotional or excited.
Most matches in the group stages of the World Cup usually take place at midnight, 3 a.m., 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., in China due to the 11-hour time difference between the country and Brazil. Hence, fans have to stay up through the night to follow the World Cup matches.
Unfortunately, Meng was not the only soccer fan to die because of watching international tournaments from different time zones.
A 50-year-old man, who reportedly stayed up all night watching soccer, and four passengers in his car died on Saturday after colliding with a bus in a tunnel in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province.
According to Business Insider, a man in south-central China spent 11 consecutive days watching the group stages of Euro 2012 and died from exhaustion.
In the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, several people were also admitted to hospitals due to exhaustion, MyFoxNY.com reports.
Doctors in China have warned fans not to exhaust themselves by watching the matches.