Investigations are ongoing in the case of a South Korean man who could quite possibly be the first person in the world to be a victim of death by erm, cell phone.

Excerpt from the International Herald Tribune:

The man, identified only by his family name Suh, was found dead at his workplace in a quarry Wednesday morning, and his mobile phone battery was melted in his shirt pocket, a police official in Cheongwon, 135 kilometers (85 miles) south of Seoul, told The Associated Press.

Kim Hoon, a doctor who examined the body, told the Yonhap news agency that the death was probably caused by an explosion of the battery.

Kim said, “He sustained an injury that is similar to a burn in the left chest and his ribs and spine were broken. It is presumed that pressure caused by the explosion damaged his heart and lungs, leading to his death.”

Time for the golden question.

If you suddenly feel like you want to find out more about the lithium-ion battery in your mobile phone, you might want to check out what I wrote here on 3 Things You Should Already Know About Your Lithium Ion Battery.