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World Cup fever: Belgian falls to death; 2 in China die of lack of sleep


Brussels/Beijing, June 18 :

A Belgian man fell off a statue here while celebrating his country’s 2-1 victory over Algeria in a FIFA World Cup Group H match.
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The fan, whose identity has not been revealed, suffered a hard hit due to the fall and died of his wounds Wednesday, reports EFE.

Two other fans were rescued by firemen in Stabroek after they climbed to the top of a church tower and didn’t know how to get down.


Two more Chinese men died due to lack of sleep as they spent their nights watching the FIFA World Cup, bringing the tally to three.

A 51-year-old man suffered a heart attack after the Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1. Elsewhere, a 25-year-old man was found dead hours after the same game, reports EFE.

A third man, 39, died while watching Uruguay’s 1-3 loss to Costa Rica after he spent three consecutive days without sleep to watch the games. He suffered from high blood pressure and died in hospital due to a bleeding brain.

The match times in China range between midnight and 6 a.m. due to an 11-hour time difference between China and Brazil.