A youth addicted to computer games died of a heart attack at his home in Bandar Baru Air Hitam here after apparently playing continuously for over 15 hours at a cybercafe nearby.
He was said to have been at the cybercafe from 10pm on Sunday until 1pm the next day before returning home to his own computer.
However, it was not known which computer game Ong had been playing before his death.
His mother Chew Qun Juan, 62, said her only son had been addicted to computer games ever since he stopped working at a restaurant five months ago following a motorcycle accident.
“He injured his right hand and had to stop working. I constantly told him not to spend too much time on computer games but he never listened.
“I single-handedly raised him after my husband died of cardiac arrest 15 years ago. Words cannot describe my sadness now. I only hope that others, who are also addicted to computer games, will learn something from this.
“I hope this will not happen to anyone else. My son was still so young,” she said in between tears when met at the Penang Hospital mortuary yesterday.