Chinese fan reportedly dies from sleep deprivation from watching the World Cup

Sleep deprivation is no laughing matter and one Chinese soccer fan has reportedly paid the ultimate price.

A 25-year-old man from Suzhou, near Shanghai, was found in front of his TV hours after the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 in their first round game on Friday, which finished at around 5 am Chinese time.

According to the Xinhua news agency, doctors said the death was related to an excessive lack of sleep, but couldn’t be sure whether it was sheer exhaustion or a possible heart attack.

This unfortunate incident is not the first time a Chinese fan has died. A 26-year-old man reportedly passed away in 2012 after staying up every night to watch the Euros.

Unfortunately, those fans must have missed out on the counterfeit sick notes.

(h/t New York Daily News/Eurosport)



Manchester United’s 4-3 win over Newcastle during Boxing Day dominated headlines around the world and rightfully so. You’d figure that fans would be on full alert during United’s epic victory, right?

Guess again.

Check out the supporter in the red hat and jacket, center on the picture at 0:10. There must be a reasonable reason why the fan was dead asleep during the high end drama at Old Trafford. So we think.

Perhaps too much egg nogg?