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Cleveland man's 'chemical suicide' is area first

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man is reported to be the first case of "chemical suicide" in the Cleveland area.

The Plain Dealer reported Saturday ( ) that the 26-year-old from Westlake died Thursday by the unusual method. The newspaper chose not to use his name.

He killed himself by mixing common household chemicals in a bucket inside his enclosed car. He asphyxiated himself on lethal hydrogen sulfide gas.

The deadly gas produced in such cases poses a threat to police, rescue workers and passing bystanders trying to help.

The newspaper reports that the first known use of chemical suicide was in 2008 in Japan after the stock market crash. It has since claimed more than 2,000 lives in Japan.

The Cleveland area had not before seen any reported cases.

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