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Boy, 14, Dies From Viral TikTok ‘Blackout Challenge’

Metro DC Police isolate and surround a boat left in the middle of the street by members of Extinction Rebellion Washington to block traffic as part of their campaign to get fossil fuels out of the nation's capital on July 08, 2022 in Washington, DC.

At a glance

  • Leon Brown, 14, died at his home in the United Kingdom after attempting to do TikTok’s viral “Blackout Challenge.”
  • Brown’s mother found him unresponsive in his room.
  • The “Blackout Challenge” involves self-strangulation, with users seeing how long they can hold their breath until they fall unconscious.


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