Death by football for diehard fan after 11 nights
A FOOTBALL fan from China has reportedly died after staying up for 11 successive nights to watch Euro 2012 matches.
The 26-year-old, from Changsha in southern China, was found dead by his mother after Ireland's 2-0 defeat by Italy on Monday, reported Hunan province's 'Sanxiang Metropolis' newspaper.
Most of the Euro 2012 matches start at 2.45am in China, due to the time difference, and finish at daybreak.
Using a false name to protect the identity of the victim's family, the newspaper said Jiang Xiaoshan had good health before the tournament.
"We would rest occasionally but he watched every day and would not miss a single match," one friend told the newspaper.
Friends said Mr Jiang seemed in low spirits while watching Italy win a place in the quarter finals of the tournament.
"Maybe he felt tired after staying up night after night," said one friend.
Mr Jiang reportedly returned home at 5am last Tuesday but when his mother attempted to wake him for dinner that evening she found him dead.
Liu Zhiling, a doctor from a local hospital, told the newspaper: "Staying up through the night and not sleeping enough weakened his immune system. He drank and smoked while watching the football, triggering his condition." (© Daily Telegraph, London)