The recent death of an unnamed 24-year old, whose body was found in a bedroom closet hanging after a misguided attempt to indulge in the sexual practice of 'erotic asphyxiation', has taken an even more sinister turn with the revelation today that the man had played the infamous pen-and-paper game known as 'Hangman'.
The coroner said at the inquest today "I have established, after speaking to the victim's friends, that he did indeed play the game popularly known as 'hangman' several hours before his death during a quiet period in his workplace. I'm not willing to comment further at this stage, except for the fact that I believe it may or may not have been a contributing factor towards this tragedy".
The game, which some people have described as 'sick', involves two people putting an imaginary life in danger as they attempt to guess a random phrase letter-by-letter, with wrong answers forcing the construction of gallows. Too many wrong answers, and the innocent man placed into the game is hung by the neck until he is dead.
"Yeah, he was playing at work that morning with a mutual friend" said one of the deceased man's colleagues. "The computer systems were down so we couldn't do any work, so I started wandering around the office and noticed S***n playing that game with this other bloke, bold as brass. I was shocked, seeing that he was only two wrong letters away from killing a man. I whispered under my breath that he shouldn't let the boss see before I walked away, but now I wish I hadn't. He might still be here."
Another friend said "I'm just shocked. I mean, he always struck me as a smart guy even if he did do the strangest things in his spare time. The other day I went round his house and in his cupboard, I noticed two things that shouldn't have been there... a noose hanging from the railing, and a copy of Battleships. I just can't fathom why anyone would enjoy a game that involves sinking ships which are bound to have innocent sailors aboard."
The victim's parents announced via a statement "We loved our son, and we do not blame him for what happened. He was a victim of circumstances. It's the sick bastard who invented this game who have his blood on their hands."
The Government has pledged to launch an investigation, which we are hoping will lead to all forms of fun and entertainment being abolished altogether.
This incident follows a string of recent game-related incidents. In the past two weeks, we have reported how a murderer liked to enjoy a spot of Cluedo in his spare time and how a hit-and-run driver owned and frequently played Mario Kart on both the Nintendo Wii and 3DS.