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Three Chinese fans die after all-night World Cup viewing

Chris Valcarcel, 19, (C) watches the 2014 Brazil World Cup Group G soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. at a viewing party in Hermosa Beach, California on June 16.//Reuters

Chris Valcarcel, 19, (C) watches the 2014 Brazil World Cup Group G soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. at a viewing party in Hermosa Beach, California on June 16.//Reuters

Three Chinese football fans have died after staying up all night to watch World Cup matches broadcast from Brazil, reports said on Tuesday.

A 39-year-old Shanghai man died on Sunday after wacthing World Cupgames for three consecutive nights, the local Eastern Daily said.

The man, identified only by the surname Zhou, died of a stroke while watching the match between Uruguay and Costa Rica. He had been in reasonable health but had a history of high blood pressure, the newspaper said.

Another 25-year-old man was found dead at his computer at 7 am on Saturday in the eastern city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province.

He died of suspected exhaustion after watching a World Cup group match between Chile and Australia, the official provincial news website reported.

Former professional footballer Li Mingqiang, 51, died from a heart attack in the northeastern city of Shenyang on Saturday after watching the game between Spain and the Netherlands, the Shenyang Evening News reported.

Li’s friends called emergency services but they were unable to revivehim, reports said. During the group stages, the World Cup matches take place at midnight, 3 am and 6 am Beijing time.


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