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September 27th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

"Thrill Hanging" death

The death of a 13-year-old boy by Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation drives his father, Ed DeJesus, to advocate awareness of the deadly practice.

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  1. Race Day

    Woah.. no way. A 13 year old?

    October 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  2. WhatThe

    People should know about it but not using a 13 year old boy as an example to teach people on the dangers of getting your jollies fondled by choking. No one wants to imagine a 13 year old boy like that, then to provide the world with pictures of his son. smh. There's not much you need to learn about this. Don't put a rope around your neck. Period. Point. Blank. I feel sorry for his son and I think his father should be ashamed of himself.

    October 7, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  3. alicia

    This just brings to light that fact Parents need to start knowing more about what there kids are in to. Not blaming this family but this could have been prevented, one mistake is a 13yr old being allowed to lock there door. No child unless they are showing in the bathroom should be allowed to have there door locked.

    October 7, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  4. anchorite

    I can't imagine what these parents are going through. Props to the father for refusing to cover up the manner of suicide to try and prevent anyone else for going through the same thing.

    October 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  5. chicago

    This is a truly horrendous way for someone to lose their child. I think it is very brave that this childs father can come out and talk about what happened to his own kid. I remember hearing about a choking game that kids play which is very similar to this kind of asphyxiation "thrill." I hope he prevents other incidents like these from occurring thanks to his courage and confronting this terrible tragedy.

    October 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  6. Understand trends

    No judgement to pass on this parent at all...humans "especially young kids" do stupid stuff all the dumb friends and I used to play the pass out game where someone holds their breath while another kids applies pressure to the chest and it would make you faint...nobody died but if you hit your head then you woke up just looking stupid. Sorry for this dad's loss....

    October 8, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  7. Saddened

    @ WhatThe- The pictures with the article are showing a normal, happy boy. Other children can relate to that. Shame on you for judging this father in mourning who is trying to prevent another tragedy like this for other families.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:19 am |
  8. fooloof

    he SHOULD be doing this!!! who leaves their 13 year old kid at home and expects to come back and find him like this???

    it doesn't cross parents' minds, people. if you're kid is happy, seemingly normal and is doing okay in school, there is no way one could prepare for this. it's tragedies like this that create awareness and I am grateful to this man (and profoundly sorrowful for his loss) that he is sharing his son's story. May he find peace one day.

    October 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
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