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This is the moment a 25-year-old bungling drunk accidentally hangs himself as he pretended to end his life in a prank video-call to a pal.
The incident took place in the village of Daminedu located in the district of Chittoor in the eastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh when the 25-year-old mechanic, identified as Siva, prank-called his friend.
According to local media, Siva has been an alcoholic for three years and was said to have been drinking particularly heavily over the last month.
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At around 10pm on the fateful evening, he called his friend in a nearby town and joked that he was going to commit suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan.
Although his friend believed that Siva was fooling around, he immediately alerted the police while continuing the video call.
Siva fashioned a noose with a woman’s ‘sari’ garment and tied it to the ceiling fan, as seen in the shocking footage.
In the clip, he is seen waving goodbye to the camera before lowering himself from the bed.
While battling for life, he manages to get his feet on the bed and shift his weight, but he appears to pass out and is left hanging by his neck.
At the end of the footage, loved ones are seen running into the room to try to help the lifeless man.
Police spokesman G. Ashok Kumar said that Siva was already dead when officers arrived on the scene.
He added: “As Siva had bolted the door from inside, it had to be broken open. Going by the video, it is clear that the youth tried to do a prank, but it had cost him his very life.”
According to the official, except for his drinking problem, Siva was considered a friendly person by friends and colleagues, and he had never been involved in any criminal activity.
Kumar said: “Heavy addiction to liquor had thrown him into a psychological disorder.”
He confirmed that an investigation has been launched and that Siva’s body was taken to a nearby hospital morgue to undergo an autopsy.