If parents of teenagers with raging hormones are looking for a cautionary tale, then this one should do the trick.
17-year-old Julio Macias Gonzalez from Mexico City passed away back in July from a stroke likely caused by a hickey given to him.
His 24-year-old girlfriend was reportedly the culprit.
How does that possibly happen? Well, anyone who's received (or given) a hickey knows what it implies, and that it can be almost painful.
Or, apparently, fatal as the tragic case may be.
The Independent reports that sometime after receiving the hickey, Gonzalez started having convulsions during a family dinner, then died.
Apparently the girlfriend sucked so hard on Gonzalez's neck that it caused the formation of a blot clot that traveled to his brain, causing the stroke.
In other words, it was literally the kiss of death.
The girlfriend is in hiding because his family didn't approve of the age difference in their relationship, but Gonzalez refused to break up with her.
Now, the poor thing is probably on the town's most-wanted list for "Death By Forbidden Love." Or more serious matters.
Historically, hickeys have only caused bruises or red marks to the skin (and of course, a bit of bashfulness after the fact).
But there have been a few reports of more serious incidents.
The Huffington Post cited a 2011 case that was written up in the New Zealand Medical journal about a 44-year-old woman who had to be hospitalized as a result.
After "losing movement under her arm," it took doctors awhile to determine what happened, but only after they noticed a bruise on her neck.
That's right ... the ever-rare hickey-induced injury.
At that point, they were able to figure out that the person responsible for the hickey not only sucked hard, but on a major artery.
As in the aforementioned situation, this then created a blood clot that went to her heart, causing a minor stroke.
Fortunately, the woman survived in that case.
Dr Teddy Wu of Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital wrote the report after treating the woman, and certainly had no precedent.
He stated that to the best of his knowledge, "it's the first time someone has been hospitalised by a hickey."
PS - A hickey is internationally known as a "love bite."
So, children, the next time your lover wants to sneak off for a make-out session, just keep things above the chin.
No love bites, no risk of death. It's that simple.