11-year-old South Carolina boy dies playing ‘choking game’

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Garrett Pope, Jr., 11 (Credit: FOX News)

A South Carolina boy who just started the sixth grade has died while playing the “choking game,” a tragic fad responsible for the deaths of other youngsters over the years, according to FOX News.

Eleven-year-old Garrett Pope Jr. of Indian Land, was found dead in his bedroom Wednesday after playing the game, which causes children to pass out and wake up with a euphoric rush.

The local coroner said Garrett’s death was due to accidental asphyxiation.

In 2008 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of Disease issued a report that found that 82 children from 6 to 19 had choked themselves to death with dog leashes, bungee cords, scarves and belts while playing the choking game from 1995 to 2007.

All but a few were boys, at an average age of about 13, the CDC found.

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