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Teenagers Who Tragically Died For Doing a Tiktok Challenge — Chloe Williams & Joshua Haileyesus


By Based On a True StoryPublished about a month ago 3 min read

1. Chloe Williams

In August 2020, the United States authorities warned of a dangerous challenge circulating on the social network TikTok: the “Benadryl Challenge.”

This challenge consisted of ingesting 12 Benadryl pills in order to generate a hallucinatory effect and record and then share the experience on the famous video platform.

In case you don’t know, Benadryl is an antihistamine that is used to fight allergies and whose excessive intake can cause hallucinations, seizures, heart problems and even death.

That’s what happened to Chloe Marie Phillips in Oklahoma, United States.

Chloe was a 15-year-old teenager who was a fan of music, video games and making friends. Her relatives said of her that she was extremely intelligent and that she dreamed of going to university to become a successful lawyer.

Unfortunately, his dreams were cut short on August 21, 2020 when he decided to do the famous challenge that ended up causing him a cardiac arrest due to Benadryl overdose.

Chloe’s family was devastated, that’s why her aunt wanted to alert other families through her social networks about this dangerous TIKTOK challenge.

“I don’t want to see any family going through what we’re going through now. Never say that this can’t happen to you. The boys say, the other person was fine, so I’ll be fine.”

Experts suggest that although this medicine can be obtained without a prescription, it does not mean that it is not potentially lethal.

Many people believe that as it is found in many medicine kits, the natural tendency is to assume that it is safe. Something that is but if it is taken in the standard doses.

After Chloe’s death, TikTok assured through a statement that it does not allow any content that promotes or glorifies these dangerous challenges, which can end up causing serious injuries.

“We found out about this ‘challenge’ in May and quickly removed the little content we found. We have kept an eye on this issue since then and removed any new content - which has been an extremely small number - to prevent any spread on our platform.

2. Joshua Haileyesus

On March 22, 2021, Joshua Haileyesus suffocated himself with the lanyard of a shoe in the bathroom of his house until he lost consciousness. He was found by his brother and immediately taken to a local hospital in Denver.

The boy was in a coma for 19 days. During this time, a group of neighbors and acquaintances of the family remained on the outskirts of the hospital to give him strength.

His father told the media that his son was a fighter and begged the doctors not to give up on him.

Joshua’s youth and strength made some people think that he could recover, but after spending 19 days in a coma the doctors diagnosed him with brain death so he was finally disconnected from the life support machine.

According to his parents, Joshua never told them about this challenge. However, they did see him compete with his brother to see who held his breath the most.

They also revealed to the press that their son used social networks on a regular basis, which had made him interested in hobbies such as cooking or guitar. But the dangers were also there.

“This is something that children should be shown to be taught, to be advised. Because this is something very serious.

It’s not a joke at all. It’s as if someone was holding a gun in front of your nose. This is that dangerous.”

Without a doubt two deaths that could have been avoided.

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Based On a True Story

Hi everyone! My name is Marta and every week I write about true crime, always with an educational purpose.

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