updated 9/6/2009 2:02:14 PM ET 2009-09-06T18:02:14

Chilean police say a young man distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend hanged himself while she watched over a Web camera.

Deputy inspector Carlos Court says 26-year-old Simon Venegas was chatting with his former girlfriend when he pointed his camera at a tree in a courtyard of his house.

Court says Venegas hung a rope over a branch and told his ex, "Watch what I'm going to do" and "I love you, take care," before hanging himself.

The horrified 23-year-old woman called Venegas' friends to stop him, but Court says they arrived too late. The couple broke up a year ago.

The suicide happened Friday in San Felipe, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of the capital of Santiago. Police announced it Sunday.

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