A few weeks ago an 18 year old man from Cardiff in the United Kingdom made the decision to kill himself after racking up £5,000 in gambling debt online, a coroner reported.
Omai Abbas of Cardiff drowned himself in the River Ely after he had racked up the large debts while betting online. He had placed dozens of wagers online, and had lost control of his gambling addiction. Stricken with a series of emotions, Abbas decided to take matters into his own hands.
Before his scheduled shift at the Juboraj Indian restaurant, Abbas contacted his parents, telling him that he loved them and wished them goodbye. He never showed up for his shift, and his body was found two weeks later.
In a report the local coroner said, "'It's quite clear to me his online gambling must have been a significant problem for him. He lost a substantial amount of money and at the time of his death his account was overdrawn by £5,000."
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