Boy killed unplugging Game Boy

Seven-year-old on holiday in Thailand is electrocuted trying to unplug his handheld while its battery was charging.

A vacationing British child was found dead in his hotel room in the Sunset Beach Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, the Mirror reported today. Connor O'Keefe, a 7-year-old boy from Southwark, London, is believed to have been electrocuted when he unplugged his Game Boy from the power socket as its battery charged.

The child's body was found slumped on the floor of his parent's hotel room by his mother, Kathleen Curry. She said that Connor understood the dangers of mixing electricity and water, and insisted he would not have plugged the handheld in while still wet. The family reportedly bought the charger in Thailand.

"We're all devastated," Curry said. "My son was only unplugging his Game Boy--he does it all the time at home. There should be some kind of warning about the different electrical currents you get abroad because this would not have happened in England."

In Thailand, most electrical plugs have two prongs, compared to those in the UK which have three, with an added "earth" prong. British plugs are unusual in that they also contain a fuse for added safety.

The resort is in one of the areas affected by the devastating Boxing Day tsunami two years ago, but has since been repaired and reopened to the public. Police called the death an accident, and insisted the Sunset Beach Hotel was not to blame.

Nintendo, manufacturer of the handheld, made the following comment on the tragedy: "Nintendo wishes to offer its sincere condolences to the family of Connor O' Keefe. Details of the accident are currently unclear so we are unable to make any further comment at this stage."

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614 comments
ignominiousf
ignominiousf

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Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This is sad news. At least he died don't something connected to gaming, poor kid.

_Sam_
_Sam_

that's sad. :( I tend to avoid plugging things in, in a foreign outlet

aimmy79
aimmy79

i'm living in thailand. we use 220 v.....we have poor safety precuations around here. but a resort like that would usually have an emergency cut-out or something. i have one in my house.

krimla
krimla

Now your playing with power!

smurf_killer
smurf_killer

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kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Terrible news this. The fact that he bought a Thai adaptor to plug into his British Gameboy probably had everything to do with it. It makes me understand now why Sony didn't want Lik-sang shipping electronics to other countries. They were probably concerned about something like this happening.

manozgs
manozgs

Damn, that reminds me of the time I was in Pakistan and touched an extension socket while trying to plug in a fan. The 220 volts knocked me off my feet and threw me halfway accross the room. Fortunetely my hand didn't "stick" to the socket like it would of done for this boy. Damn that's sad, may he RIP

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

This has me all depressed. I simply can't imagine what that family is going through--not just that their son died but that he died doing something that seemed so trivial, while on vacation. Ugh.

Phippz
Phippz

so... if a gameboy gets enough kills, does it evolve into a ds?

pitmans
pitmans

R.I.P this is sad, he may not of even got the chance to play a wii

pitmans
pitmans

R.I.P this is sad, he may not of even got the chance to play a wii

too_tall13
too_tall13

RIP...and condolences to the family. this is horrible and tragic, regardless of blame. if this were something from a movie, we'd probably all laugh, but when it happens in real life it hurts a little...even for me who obviously didnt know him. But the thought of something like that really is depressing knowing it could have been my little brother when he was younger or one of my friends or even me when i was little...you just never know, but its tragic, regardless. the next generation of gamers has suffered a loss and we should all mourn at least a little bit :(

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

Nintendo slaps warning labels all over everything that they sell which might put someone in danger, that should be a red flag right there that electricity is nothing to fool with. This is a sad turn of events, but it isn't really a world secret... it's common knowledge (and something that everyone should look into when traveling to other countries). You can't even bring small food items on an international trip without being stopped by customs. Also I've frequently seen movies and commercials where someone gets electrocuted trying to "mix" outlets. The Travelocity Roaming Gnome commercial stands out in particular. Please be careful everyone!

Shuzen
Shuzen

He died playing Nintendo

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Naughty naughty you shouldn't do that

Kingsnake976
Kingsnake976

Dying is sad. Dying before one ever gets the chance to live is tragic. Anytime a child dies, it is tragic. Unfortunately, no one will probably fully know what happened. If he was wet from swimming and touched the higher-than-standard-voltage-and-unfused plug, then it was nothing more than a tragic accident. How many of us have been in a hurry and done something we knew in hindsight was just dumb? And we have age and experience on our side. He was 7, for God's sake.... And thank you, diablos101 for acknowledging what most of us were thinking. Bunch of savages in this town....

diablos101
diablos101

"English plugs are unusual..." thought it be common sence to include extra safety by adding a fuse in a plug. Im talking about the world here. For those who dont know what a fuse does the idea is simple. The fuse is sensitive to electurical current. There are many types of fuses that can withstand the amount of electricity that goes through it. so a common fuse is the 5 amp fuse, used in small electrical goods. If the electricity passes 5 amps in the fuse, the fuse blows automatically thus severing the connection of electricity, which will result in a blown fuse and not a electrical fire or what not. but nonetheless that is quite a shame really, also people that are saying "going out with a bang" i wonder if u be saying that if that was ur 7 year old son?!

Bloodlustt
Bloodlustt

Talk about going out with a bang

solidgamer
solidgamer

rip that kid he does not live to far from me

Omniel_YHVH
Omniel_YHVH

Going on vacation an assuming that all of the countries' utilities operate in the exact fashion your country does is a little silly. They usually sell adapters for your electronic devices in airports, at the dock, and just about anywhere where a tourist is bound to make land. You cant miss them. I feel sorry for the kid. Then again...nobody knows. Nobody saw it happen, they just found him. He could have licked it. I know. I'm insensitive. Hey...I've licked them before too. ^.~

Humidity
Humidity

Not sure about the validity of this one...I got an e-mail recently that was just about identical to this story only it said that a guy in India was electrocuted while unplugging his cell phone while it was charging. Weird and tragic if it really happened but I'm skeptical.

Zer0mancer
Zer0mancer

man that sucks... RIP little guy

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

hmmmm.... i guess i won't go swimming with the charger in my pocket anymore... r.i.p. man...

Nawras
Nawras

I honestly support the use of the three prongs, the added "earth" truly does wonders as it discharges residue electricity. I convert all two-pronged appliances to three, and if I can't convert it I buy the three prong plug. It really isn't unusual, if you seriously think about it, all plugs should be universally three pronged.

shizwill03
shizwill03

Wow. Condolonces to the family on this one.

Rawksawce
Rawksawce

I saw the headline and was prepared to laugh, but... man. This even dug at me. Rest in peace, Connor O'Keefe.

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Thailand's fault not Nintendo's. *sigh* seven years old....what a waste:(

thefjk
thefjk

R.I.P man... **** happens!

pincoya
pincoya

I cant believe this...... rest in peace man.

rodrigo_br
rodrigo_br

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joyer
joyer

i feel for the family ............ R.I.P.

DreTire
DreTire

It's nice to see that there are gamers out there that aren't so inane or immature over serious events like this...even though it's gaming-related. It's a hard lesson that many of us should learn when plugging in foreign outlets.

Sheiko
Sheiko

Please stop arguing with the wall and observe a moment of silence for the poor kid. I myself have been electrocuted twice with the same circumstances but in a African country. Most likely the kid touched one of the contacts and received a small shock that was probably enough to stun his heart long enough for it to stop beating.

Dreski83
Dreski83

this could really go even more sour if people continue to press on the idea of someone taking serious falut for this strange accident. sorry the family had to start 07 like this...

Proman84
Proman84

"This isn't anyone's fault. No one better get sued. If the kid messed up with the plug then thats his fault but sometimes accidents can't be avoided. This is not Nintendo's fault or the hotel's fault, it's an electrical acident that randomly occurred. This happens all the time." Are you joking or are you.... What are you talking about here? I don't know where you live but people do not get electrocuted "all the time". If a little boy really gets killed doing what is supposed to be a routine thing than someone oviously messed up. Now I'm not pointing the finger just yet because I don't have all the details. However, there is no such thing as a "random accident" and things like this should be investigation to prevent future cases like this. I'm very saddened about the kid and his family.

AndyRaeside
AndyRaeside

The problem is the electrical systems in other countrys just aren't up to scratch with that of the UK... I've only ever seen these 3 pin plugs like the ones we have with the earth and the fuse in the UK... but then I suppose we have to have that in ours as we have 240volts instead of the wattered down 110volts I think it is the USA has. Seriously if the rest of the world used 3 pin plugs with an earthing wise and a fuse... these kind of things just wouldn't happen like random like this one did.

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

for some reason there still better games on the DS and GBA than on consoles as of right now, sad for the kid that he couldnt play his GB. *kid in heaven* come on god can i at least play one more game? *god* no connor u remember what happend last time. still condolences to the kids family, its not funny when this happends, but hey comedy makes the time go by. laughter is the best medicine.