06 May '11, 5am

Elderly man in Taiwan leaps to his death terrified by a 'prediction' that the island would be destroyed

TAIPEI - AN ELDERLY Taiwanese man leapt to his death apparently terrified by a 'prediction' that the island would soon be destroyed by a giant quake and tsunami, police and media said on Friday. The 70-year-old, who suffered from chronic depression, jumped from his fifth-floor home in a Taipei suburb on Thursday and died later in hospital, said an officer at a police station nearby. His family said his condition had worsened after a 9.0-magnitude quake ravaged north-eastern Japan in March and a self-proclaimed local 'prophet' alleged Taiwan too would be ruined by a quake and tsunami, the officer said. 'My hair is all white. I have so many worries,' he told his wife shortly before leaping from the balcony of their home, the United Daily News reported. Taiwanese prosecutors have launched an investigation into the 'prophet', known to the public only as 'Teacher Wang', after h...

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