Xbox addict dies from blood clot after marathon gaming session; father raises awareness on risks of excessive gaming

( The death of 20-year-old Chris Staniforth was caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may have been triggered by a marathon Xbox session, reports BBC News. According to an AFP report published in the Daily Mail, Chris suffered a blockage in his lungs when he developed DVT-an illness associated with being immobile for long periods of time. Prior to his death, Chris complained of occasional chest pains and low heart rate.


"Chris lived for his Xbox. When he got into a game he could play it for hours and hours on end, sometimes 12 hours in a stretch," said Chris’ father, David. Since the incident, David has been spearheading a campaign to promote awareness regarding the risks of playing video games. "Millions of people worldwide are playing these games for hours, and there is a risk," he said, clarifying, however, that he has nothing against video-game consoles.


After Chris’ death, technological giant Microsoft, who is responsible for manufacturing the Xbox, released a statement saying they encourage gamers to take periodic breaks and exercise in between playing: "We have always encouraged responsible game play through our education campaigns such as Play Smart, Play Safe."


For more on this story, log on to BBC News and the Daily Mail.


BBC News’ interview with David Staniforth.

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