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A HEARTBROKEN mum has revealed how her son died while attempting the same online challenge that killed Archie Battersbee.

Leon Brown, 14, was found unresponsive in his bedroom in Lanarkshire as friends watched him on Facetime.

Leon Brown died after taking part in an online challenge

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Leon Brown died after taking part in an online challengeCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

His mum Lauryn Keating has now issued a devastating warning to parents over the viral trend.

The challenge, which The Sun Online is not revealing the details of, is believed to have been attempted by 12-year-old Archie Battersbee.

He died on August 6 when his life support was withdrawn after his mum discovered him unconscious at home in Essex.

Lauryn, 30, told the Daily Record: “Him and his friends probably thought it was a laugh and a joke. But Leon didn’t come back around. It went horribly wrong.

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“I had heard of this challenge, because of what happened to Archie. But you don’t expect your own child to do it.

“Please warn them, these online challenges aren’t worth their lives. They aren’t worth ‘likes’ or whatever they’re doing it for.”

Lauryn found her son at the family home on August 25.

After his sudden death, she searched for the challenge online and said it was “ridiculous” how many video results came up.

She has since paid tribute to the teen, was a pupil at Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld.

Lauryn said: “He was the happiest, funniest wee boy ever.

“He was a bit of a class clown and he liked to make people laugh.

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“Everything was always a joke and a carry on to Leon. He was just a wee cheeky boy. But he meant so much to me.”

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Archie’s mum Hollie Dance previously called on social media giants to take action against the dangerous challenges.

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She believes her son, who died of a brain injury secondary to strangulation, was taking part in the viral trend.

Hollie said: “The social media companies don’t do enough to stop harmful content online.

“It’s out there and people are grooming our children to do these challenges, it’s disgusting.

“The people – they’re often adults, not children – who are demonstrating these challenges are sick.”

Mum Lauryn found Leon unresponsive at home

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Mum Lauryn found Leon unresponsive at home
She spoke out against the dangers of viral trends

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She spoke out against the dangers of viral trendsCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
Archie Battersbee was believed to be taking part in the same challenge when he fell into a coma

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Archie Battersbee was believed to be taking part in the same challenge when he fell into a coma

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