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Teenager Chokes His Cousin to Death using RNC

April 6, 2012

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, a Louisiana man was choked to death by his younger cousin. Stephen A. Arceneaux III, a 24-year-old from Destrehan, was pronounced dead at 10:39 p.m. Sunday night, April 1, 2012. The two were at a house party and began wrestling around on an inflated mattress when the 14-year-old, 110 lbs. younger cousin placed Arceneaux in a Rear Naked Choke. After 30-40 seconds, witnesses noticed Arceneaux was turning blue so the choke was released. Arceneaux's girlfriend tried unsuccessfully to revive him before he was transported to the hostpital where he was pronounced dead.

In the wake of the tragic accident that occurred last week, the Gracie Brothers provide a video breakdown explaining precisely how Stephen Arceneaux III was choked to death by his younger cousin. Their hope is to educate the youth about the serious risks of practicing jiu-jitsu techniques, chokes in particular, without proper training and supervision.

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