Boy dies after friends imitate Naruto

By Tim Surette

Mar 13, 2008

A family is in mourning after an accident in a playground left their 10-year-old dead.

Codey Porter of Everett, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, died on Saturday after friends buried him in a sandbox, according to The Seattle Post Intelligencer. The boys were apparently imitating the popular anime show Naruto.

The children were allegedly reenacting one of the show's character's special attacks, where the target is enveloped in sand. Though the boy thrashed around when he couldn't breathe, his friends apparently thought he was joking and didn't pull him out until damage had already been done. He died later in a hospital, surrounded by his family.

Though the incident seems like a perfect lightning rod for watchdog groups to curse Naruto and call for its end, the general consensus is the death is simply the result of a tragic accident.

Naruto is a wildly popular cartoon imported from Japan that follows young ninjas. It currently airs on the Cartoon Network.

[UPDATE] Video news report on the matter is here.

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  • isiaharcher9 Aug 01, 2014

    Either sand coffin or sand burial. Moves by a guy in the series called Gaara of the Sand

  • suankem9 Jun 26, 2014

    if u miss (naruto) then go and watch (naruto shippuden)

  • TomVoldemortRoy Nov 12, 2013

    Sabaku Kyo

  • PhychoSun Aug 30, 2013

    Reenactment Style: Retarded child no jutsu!

  • baileycarring Jun 05, 2013

    Idk to me this sorta seems fake

  • ninjapirate Mar 22, 2013

    Seriously I started read and watch Naruto when I was like six years old and I used to play it with my brothers but we did not get the stupid idea to bury each others heads in sand even if we did fight and so but seriously who are so stupid that they bury someones head in the sand

  • shawnmacht Feb 28, 2013

    The parents should have been watching there kids like GOOD parents do..not put the blame on a TV show. The "scene" the kids were probably acting out is a character named Gaara's attack where he covers whoever in sand..and kills them..its called Sand Coffin or Sand Burial..honestly when I was 10 years old, I was smart enough to know something called Sand Coffin or Sand Burial might not be the best thing to go do. The parents are the ones to blame, it was in their backyard, under their supervision, and multiple other things.

  • stevemagegod Jun 22, 2012

    It's Amazing How One Dumb Ass Kid gets a great Anime like Naruto Cancelled for the rest of America. And now even Disney XD cancels Shippudden. One fag ruins it for the rest of us.

  • Shadxlox101 Jun 09, 2013

    Wow okay, you're a moron. An incredibly sadistically stupid moron. Naruto didn't get cancelled because of this kid you idiot, Naruto had its run. Do your research and stop disrespecting a poor innocent (DEAD MIGHT I ADD) kid. I'd like to see how you'd feel if a family member of yours imitated a show and died, and the fans of that show disrespected your family member.

  • AlexGonzalez5 Mar 09, 2012

    good thing he died before he had a chance to grow up and have retarded children of his own

  • tullytonka Jul 14, 2013

    Why are you a retarded parent? The kid died, show some respect morons. It could have been your child.

  • baileycarring Jun 05, 2013

    That is so mean you slack bastard go to hell

  • Queshin Mar 03, 2012

    The real antagonist is the parents why did they not teach the kid what is real and what is fake!

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