Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/24/12

What likely started out as a cool idea to prove what a devoted soccer fan he is turned out to be fatal for one Chinese man.

26-year-old Jiang Xiaoshan died last week after going 11 days without sleep so he could watch every game of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

Jiang Xiaoshan, who was said to be supporting England and France in the tournament, went to his home around 5am on Tuesday, took a shower, went to bed, and never woke up.

He apparently would go to work and then stay up to watch all the soccer games. Alcohol and tobacco use combined with his lack of sleep reportedly contributed to a weakened immune system, which led to his death.

Look, I know it sounds like a cool idea to prove how dedicated you are, but come on. Going 11 days without sleep? You can’t do that to yourself otherwise you’ll die. Like this guy did. I guess soccer fans can be every bit as foolish as video gamers who refuse to give their bodies a break.

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