On this hot summer day in May, a young man wearing a black t-shirt, black jeans and black boots walks into the kitchen of his house in the suburbs of Dallas.
He starts with a glass of water, then a salad, then some food, then more water.
He gets dressed, and then comes back to the sink to start his daily ritual.
“I want to make a couple of sandwiches,” he says.
“And then I’ll go back to my computer and do some research.”
The man in question is Dan Coker, a 26-year-old from Texas, who’s an Internet entrepreneur.
He says he loves being online.
But he knows that if he doesn’t make it a regular habit, he will die young.
“The internet is the new death,” he tells ABC News.
Dan Cokers death on a gay webcam.
The man behind the webcam, Dan Cokes, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 19.
He’s a social media expert who makes money by teaching his friends how to make gay and bisexual webcam videos.
But when he saw the viral popularity of a gay video, he knew he had to make it viral.
“What I saw on the internet is really the best of what I was seeing,” he said.
He started filming a gay sex video on his computer and uploaded it to a gay porn site, so he could earn money online.
Coker said he wanted to share his life with others.
“If I can show the world what I am going through, then I can help other people,” he told ABC News in an interview.
“There is nothing better than seeing people being in pain, or just being a part of something.”
For a time, Coker was happy.
He was doing well, and he could take time off from his job to spend with his family.
But soon his family was having a hard time coping with his illness.
Cokers cancer was discovered in February.
He received a diagnosis in July, and doctors told him it was “pretty severe.”
He underwent radiation treatment, and chemotherapy was given in September.
But Coker had no idea what was in store for him.
“When I got the diagnosis, I didn’t know if it was going to be survivable or not,” he recalled.
“My doctors were telling me I might have 10 or 20 years to live.”
The day before the cancer diagnosis, Cokers’ mother, Jennifer Coker (not her real name), went to the hospital to see her son.
The hospital staff told her her son had cancer and that chemotherapy was to be done.
But she refused to accept that.
She went home to be with her daughter, who had just turned 16.
It was the most terrifying experience she’d ever had in her life.
Jennifer Cokers daughter in a picture from her Facebook page.
Coking is now 26.
He and his family have since moved to California, where he’s a software engineer.
“It’s hard to take the stress,” he admitted.
“You’re living a double life,” he added.
But Dan Coking says he’s learned a lot from his experience.
“They were just trying to help,” he explained.
“But I can’t stop talking about the things I didn, and I’m just going to continue to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Dan Cokers cancer.
Dan coker with his wife, Jennifer, and son, who was born in November.
He now has a son and a daughter.
Cok’s parents are still in shock about Dan Cokin’s death.
They’re still holding onto the hope that he can find a way to live a normal life and not have to worry about his illness again.
They said they are hoping that the man behind Dan Coke’s webcam will come to terms with his cancer.
“For me, I think that he’s made a very good decision,” Jennifer Cok said.
“He’s decided that the cancer is not going to take over his life.
He wants to take some time off, to go to the beach, or to the movies.”
But Cokers parents say the man they met on the Internet has no regrets.
“We’re still trying to cope with it and be OK with it,” he shared.
“At this point, it’s not even a question.
There’s nothing that I can do about it.
I’m not in a position to change my mind.”