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Man Kills Himself In Hackensack By Lighting Charcoal Briquettes In Car

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 43-year-old Palisades Park man committed suicide behind a Hackensack bowling alley Thursday morning by lighting charcoal briquettes in a metal pan inside his vehicle, city police told Daily Voice.

A bowling alley employee called at 8:50 a.m. to report a man apparently sleeping in his Mercedes behind the Bowler City Lanes off River Street, Capt. Patrick Coffey said.

The victim apparently had gone bowling and then lighted the briquettes after returning to his car, the captain said.

"He apparently was having financial trouble," Coffey told Daily Voice. "He's separated from his wife here and has family in Korea."

Charcoal-burning suicide ordinarily is done in a closed room. The effect is similar to car exhaust asphyxiation.

Brad Delp, the lead singer of the rock band Boston, killed himself this way in March 2007. It was also mentioned as a method of suicide by Eugène Sue in "The Wandering Jew in 1884.

Two decades ago, charcoal-burning had become the second most-common method of suicide in Hong Kong after jumping.

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