With live matches happening from midnight into the small hours in China, soccer fans have been dropping dead from staying up late to watch the World Cup, according to the blog of the Beijing Times.
A college student died in Hunan Province on Monday, just after discussing the World Cup with his friends. He had stayed up all night to watch matches, ifeng.com reported.
Also in Jiangsu Province, a 25-year-old man was found dead at his computer on Saturday, and was thought to have had exhaustion from watching the Chile-Australia match.
And retired soccer player Li Mingqiang, 51, passed away from a heart attack in Liaoning Province, following the game between Spain and Holland.
Pilots working for Chinese airlines have been warned not to stay up late to watch the World Cup, the Associated Press reported.
Employees at Spring Airlines are getting blood pressure checks to monitor fatigue, and pilots there have to keep tabs on each other. At China Southern Airlines, staff aren’t even allowed to talk about soccer at work.