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11-Year-Old Boy Hangs Himself After Being Triggered By Social Media Suicide Prank — Read The Tragic Story

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A young girl in Michigan is facing criminal charges after her fake suicide prank on social media triggered the real suicide of an 11-year-old boy.

Police in Marquette, Michigan confirm that an unidentified juvenile is charged with malicious use of telecommunication services and using a computer to commit a crime after the boy was found unresponsive from a March 14 suicide attempt.

Katrina Goss revealed that her son Tysen Benz (above) died this week after trying to kill himself last month, which was prompted by a girl he knew faking her own suicide on social media as a prank.

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Goss says the accused girl was Tysen's girlfriend, who allegedly faked her own suicide on various social media sites. She also allegedly used the social media accounts of her friends to propel the rumor of her death.

Tysen hung himself an hour into the girl's prank, according to his mother. Goss says emergency response teams were able to resuscitate him after she found him on March 14.

Machines kept Tysen alive for weeks after the incident, but the suicide attempt left him "severely brain-damaged" and unable to ever fully recover. He died in an Ann Arbor hospital on Tuesday.

The mother told People they "had to let him pass on," explaining:

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