A Russian man of 60 years of age took up a challenge to consume liters of vodka while live streaming the act on YouTube.
In horrific scene, after he finished 1.5 litres of vodka, the man died while still streaming it live. His viewers looked amazed.
A report by the Independent indicated that the man popularly known as ‘Grandfather’ was apparently offered money for this act by a YouTuber. The challenge was among the many ‘thrash streams’ or ‘trash streams’ that have become a trend on social media where users are challenged to perform humiliating acts or stunts in exchange of money while a huge audience watches it live.
The Independent further quoted local media reports which have identified the Russian man as 60-year-old Yuri Dushechkin. He was challenged by a YouTuber to consume alcohol or hot sauce on air in exchange of money.
According to the Russian media reports, the man collapsed and died after consuming 1.5 litres of vodka. His body was still visible on the live stream platform as the viewers watched him die.
Russian authorities have launched a probe into the incident which took place in the city of Smolensk last week.
At the moment, Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov has pushed for a ban on such ‘trash streams’ that promote violence on social media.
In a tweet, Pushkov wrote, “A homeless man died in Smolensk during a thrash-stream session: he was bullied, he was beaten, and the Internet scum paid money to the blogger for these spectacles.”