Report: 9-Year Old Dies in Fatal Imitation of Smackdown vs. Raw

April 16, 2009 -

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.


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Well, not to sound like a prick, but at least he got a nice view of the city on the way down.

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My signature probably explains this best.

 

 

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New Yorkers are just stupid, you ever hear them try to talk? LOL 

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The 2nd time I heard something related to wrestling being blamed for death of a human being, even though I retired from watching wrestling six years ago, this is too much. The parents once again use entertainment as a scapegoat to avoid being blamed for their parenting skills. What's next they gonna sue Vincent K. McMahon Jr. for damages, riiiight. STOP BLAMING GAMES & ALL FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT PERIOD!!!

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People should not try to imitate Owen Hart.

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It's easy to be an asshole when you don't have to bury your own child. This  is why gamers have a bad image.

 

Not one comment says poor kid I hope the family is okay.

darwin award

Does this kid qualify for a Darwin award?

Cause all in all its pretty stupid

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Well...he's under 30 and he died and he played video games...

 

Go figure...

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wait a minute.... don't these games (and the show) say to NEVER TRY WHAT YOU SEE AT HOME

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There's always a big warning at the beginning of the shows, and for the games, yeah, every other line mentions not doing that at home.

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I don´t know how, but in Kotaku their readers almost started a "natural selection" debate about the matter. Some commments are funny and smart. Others are very idiotic about kid´s death.

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They do call them the "Darwin Awards" for a reason.. ;)

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If no one was there to witness a special needs 9 y/o who lived in a 13 story apartment with an open roof acess, how can the friend say he imitaded a wrestling move he saw in a PS2 game?!?

Also, if he's a special needs kid, why does the parent let him play a violent game? Why was he left almost unsupervised? And why is it that no one thought anything was wrong when the boy was going to the roof with a plastic bag tied to his shirt?

My dad said that if the kid is doing something wrong, blame the parent (although he also said he'd disown me if I got in trouble with the law).

My little brother was a special needs kid fom preschool to the third grade. Because of all the special treatment and him being treated like an equal to me (he always did what I did regardles of age, hight, ect...), now he has anger problems, spoiled (realy spoild), and is at a near unhealthy obsession with videogames. And because no one acualy lives with him full time, its never his fault.

Moral of the story, special needs kids can never have too much or too little attention. They will either hurt themselves or will be psycologicaly scarred. This family was on the too little end.

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Here we go again, another kid dies, another scapegoat to be found, another case of parents trying to blame Videogames in order not to blame themselves for their bad parenting decisions.

I feel sorry for the parents, but when they/(or the media) try to link Videogames into it then I have nothing else to say.

 

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I founded this on a reply from a Kotaku´s reader on the same note:

http://seanbaby.com/news/jackass.htm

 

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10 storeys?! Make-shift PARACHUTE?!

What do these 2 CRITICAL details have to do with wrestling in any capacity? Was he trying to imitate the tragic death of Owen Heart which ocurred before his own birth?! Yet another tragic accident arbitrarily blamed on entertainment media.

How did this 9 year old child find himself unsupervised on top of a 10 storey building attached by string to a garbage bag?

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And would be no diffrent if they copied the TV show....NEXT!

 


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Now I never did watch wrestling, but I have played many of the games.

 

But can someone please educate me on where a parachute was in a swan dive?  I mean seriously, This kid went to the top of the building with a makeshift parachute and tried to.. Swan dive..  I mean I always thought the whole point was to go down fast and hard not slowed..

 

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I don't think there is a parachute in the swan dive. In fact, I don't think that videogames or wrestling are related to this at all. This is a quote from the boys friend:

"That [swan dive] was what he was trying to do. If I would have seen him up there, I would have told him not to do it."

So nobody actually saw this happen. The only reason the media have to report it this way is the speculation of an 11 year old boy. He may be right, but logic dictates that this kid was just trying to see how his home made parachute works. And according to many comments in this thread, that is not at all an uncommon phenomenon. I know I was tempted as a little kid to try stuff like this. The only reason I didn't die was that I tried it on a much smaller scale at first, and quickly saw that an umbrella is a shitty substitute for a parachute.

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Headline is missing "Media Reports" in front of it. Because that isn't what actually happened.

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The kid committed suicide because there are disclaimers during Raw, ECW, AND Smackdown telling people that the stars in the WWE are trained professionals and to not try anything they do at home, and he chose to ignore them. And why the hell was a 9 year old playing a T rated game?

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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Why the hell does a 14 year old like me play M games? I can tell the difference between a plot and just beating the hell out of random things.

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I read about this yesterday and had to roll my eyes because it's just stupid. Kids have been jumping off roofs or other high places for decades, back in the 50s with the George Reeves Superman with (dumb) kids putting towels around their neck and thinking they could fly resulting in broken limbs, hangings and deaths. Was the show to blame back then? Of course not! Now with this it's even more far fetched since the game has no parachutes nor is there any actual defying of gravity and quite frequently shows the consequences of missing such moves (though the selling is generally awful) and that is especially true for actual wrestling. There are so many REAL factors that contributed to this that for the media to put it on a game is typical sensational BS at its best.

 

Also, awful headline for this story, would the headline be similar if it involved some other game, such as GTA? "9-Year Old Dies in Fatal Imitation of Grand Theft Auto". Yeah, don't recall ever seeing one like that. This is just as absurd as all the "GTA or some other M rated game made them do it" stories.

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T rated game is rated T.

 

Boy is 9.

 

FAIL, He shouldn't have been playing it.

 

 

 

plus, he's an idiot.

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 Oh come on kids always do dumb things like this, they don't need any provocation from media. I knew kids who would jump off roofs into snow banks just because they could.

This kid was just both dumb and unlucky.

 

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Poor kid :(

This happens every generation alas, you always get a few instances where children, convinced they are Superman or Hercules or other famous character, try to do something really tragic :(

I knew a kid who wanted to be like Wolverine from the Marvel comics, even to the point of cutting his knuckles open with a knife once, the fault wasn't Marvels', he was just a very lonely kid who wanted to be more than he was. That's not a bad dream, but you have to start from who you are, not who you want to be.

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I had a friend who broke his leg doing the same thing from the house. He wasn't a gamer nor watched wrestling. Guess what, this happens a lot more then you would think. Kids often think that a bedsheet would make a suitable parachute, and that jumping from the top of the house is pleanty of time to float safely to the ground. Blaming a wrestling game for a kid making a parachute out of a sheet is as helpful as blaming M.C. Hammer and his parachute pants.

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 Wow, I think your a better detective then everyone that blamed the video games.

 

I blame M.C. Hammer also.

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Where is Encyclopedia Brown to help solve this case now!?

 

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There were parachutes in that game and you can jump off a building? I can't see any resemblence here...

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This is sad. EZK is right though, nobody should be blammed in this. Familys really just need to try their best and keep an eye on their loved ones.

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BLAMM!

 

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the kid was 9.

the kid had special needs.

The kid was lefyt unsupervised while the mom went to the store.

The roof wasnt locked.

 

 

and games are to blame?? what...?

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They're balming WWE for a childs death again ? Didn't know we traveled back to 1998 .

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Question. According to this quote from the friend:

"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.

"That was what he was trying to do. If I would have seen him up there, I would have told him not to do it."

The friend was not there to witness the jumping. So how did he know the kid was imitating the game or wrestler?

Also, according to the article, the roof door was not only unlocked, but the alarm was broken. I think I would be looking at the building super before blaming a game.

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I´m also thinking that his friend has too much to do with the kid jumping from the roof, as cruel as it sounds.

It´s really weird a kid blaming a game. If he knows that game was the kid´s favorite, he should know there is not parachute jumping on the game.

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Has anybody seen the movie Good Son? This might be like that. I mean, the alarm was broken, the door was unlocked, and the kid's brother apparently knows what happened, but claims he wasn't there. I think something's up, and the kid is scapegoating video games just like all the other criminals have over the past years.

 

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The stupidest thing i've done when i was a kid was trying to mimic a dropkick when i was a kid and i got hurt.

 

Boy i cried hard that day.

 

But what that kid wasnt right, I pray the family will pull through the incident.

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The lesson learned here is that the child was imitating wrestling, not videogames.

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Not even that. No wrestling game have a parachute jumping level. It is ridiculous. I think nobody knows where the kid got that idea, actually. Meaby from Discovery Channel or ESPN or some extreme sports show.

But videogames are ther just for scapegoating.

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I have to admit when i was like 8 I jumped off a roof with an umbrella to see if it would at least slow me down at all, no luck. The roof was maybe 8 foot high and I regularly jumped off it without anything just for the fun of it though so, kids do that. It's a sad thing to lose a kid, mine died before he was even born but its still a very sad thing so i understand how they feel.

but ya, to say its the game's fault is jut blame shifting, which is useless. Somebody shoulda kept a closer eye, and access to the roof of a large building shouldn't be unlocked either for many reasons, this being one.

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My B/F plays these games. It is mentioned by the announcers during the matches for 'folks not to try this at home.' The blurb would generally pop up after someone did a high risk manouver.

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So when the whole blaming wrestling games thing doesn't pan out I guess they'll move on to Mirror's Edge? Or maybe they'll branch out to movies?

What happened to the boy and his family is a terrible thing that I would not wish on anyone, but blaming video games, as always, is neither sensicle nor is it going to help them or anyone else in any way.

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So, even if this move HAD been in the game:

Why was he imitating the game?

Why wasn't he imitating the wrestler?

Why wasn'the imitating Smackdown...the show?

It HAS to be the game?

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I like turtles.

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...........................

Fail.

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I remember jumping off my roof with a plastic shopping bag as a parchute at that age. Granted, the edge of my roof was only 8 feet high.

I feel for the kid and his family. I hope everything gets taken care of.

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Why blame it on the game instead of the actual thing? I'd think a child, even a really STUPID one like this kid, would be much more likely to imitate the real Jeff Hardy rather than a video game character. The parents probably should have seen it coming though when the kid started eating mushrooms and jumping on turtles.

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dude the kid wasn't 'STUPID'

he had special needs for gods sake.

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Well.... stupid is as stupid does....

I would say he does kinda qualify. Yeah I know, I'm an asshole for saying what I know a bunch of people were thinking.

 

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