Taiwanese Man Dies after Watching "Avatar"

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Here's one tagline the blockbuster film "Avatar" probably doesn't want: It's so good it might kill you.

A 42-year-old Taiwanese man with a history of high blood pressure apparently died from a stroke while watching the film, Agence France Presse reported.

The reportedly felt ill while watching the film earlier this month, then headed to the hospital. When he arrived at the emergency room, he was unconscious, a doctors told AFP.

The man died 11 days later.

"It's likely that the over-excitement from watching the movie triggered his symptoms," Dr. Peng Chin-chih told AFP.

This past weekend, James Cameron's hit film earned $41.3 million to overtake "Star Wars" as the No. 3 movie on the all-time domestic box office charts.

It marked the fifth-straight weekend the sci-fi saga was the top earner and it raised its domestic total to $491.8 million and should surpass $500 million after revenues are counted on Martin Luther King Day, according to studio estimates.
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