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WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. -- Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy who hanged himself while playing a game.

Daniel Sheppard died Tuesday evening after tying a scarf that was around his neck to a bunk bed in his bedroom. His 6-year-old brother, who was in the room with him, screamed for help when Daniel lost consciousness.

"The older brother said, 'Do you want to play the hanging game?' And the younger brother said 'No.' And the older brother said, 'Well, I do,' and then put a scarf around his neck and around the bunk bed," White House Police Chief Stan Hilgadiack said.

Daniel's father and stepmother, David and Diana Sheppard, freed the boy and tried to resuscitate him.

He was pronounced dead later that night at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

"I want the parents and everyone to know to talk to their kids about this because it's not a game at all," David Sheppard told WSMV-TV.

The 6-year-old and a 15-year-old brother told police they had never played "the hanging game" before, Hilgadiack said. The victim's school friends also told police Daniel had never discussed the game with them.

The police chief said Daniel and his younger brother had been outside shooting a BB gun and spray painting a skateboard before the incident.

White House is about 22 miles north of Nashville.