A 9-year-old Brooklyn boy died this week after jumping from the roof of his apartment building with a makeshift parachute.
The New York Daily News quotes a playmate as saying that the fatal plunge taken by Damori Miles was inspired by THQ’s WWE Smackdown vs. RAW. However, a WWE official denied that parachutes are used in the T-rated game:
Shakar, Damori’s best friend, said his pal was imitating his favorite PlayStation2 game, "WWE SmackDown vs Raw."
"He tried to do a swan dive like Jeff Harding does in ‘SmackDown.’ That was his favorite game. He played it all the time," Shakar said…
A a spokesman for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), said the video was designed for ages 13 and up and none of the characters use parachutes or jump off buildings.
"The death of Damori Miles is a tragedy and our condolences go out to his family," he said. "We should allow the authorities to conduct a full investigation… including insecure roof access, before conclusions are made about this unfortunate incident.