Man dead in front of TV for over a year - New York

@brokentia (10394)
United States
February 19, 2007 12:40pm CST
I heard of this the other day on the news and I found it so sad. I did search to see if anyone posted on this news article but did not find anything. So if you posted about it, I am sorry. It was reported a man that lived in New York died of natural causes while watching TV over a year ago!!! It only reason the man was found was because the pipes had burst. This is so sad! No one came looking for him or thought to miss him? So then it made me think...if all my kids were grown and I am 70 years old...would I be missed? Or would I be found a year later, dead, with the TV still on in front of me? Here is the link to the article if you would like to read more... http://au.news.yahoo.com/070217/2/12gim.html
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
19 Feb 07
How strange! Someone must've been paying his electric bills etc all those months... I wonder why that person never thought to check up on him!
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@onabreak2 (1161)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Lol That is the first thing I thought too BunGirl. Great minds think alike.
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• Philippines
19 Feb 07
HA HA HA same here, anyway, i still feel sorry for that man. so sad that no one really cares for him.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
yeah ive heard stories like that before too. it really amazes me...
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@shywolf (4519)
• United States
19 Feb 07
What's really sad is thikning how no one had checked on him for a year :( I didn't realize that the pipes had burst and that that was why he was found. I did hear about this the other day, but somehow I missed that little detail. i also heard that his neighbors wondered what happened to him, but thought that he had been put in a nursing home, so didn't check any further into why they weren't seeing him anymore. Also, the air in the house mummified his body! Wow. The strangest thing to me was that his electricity was still going after a year - who paid the bills, lol? And not only that, but his TV was in such good condition that the eletronics didn't break down while being left on for a year with no break! And you would be missed, believe me! No way would your body sit in a house for a year. I wouldn't worry about that. This guy must have had no family left :/
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• United States
19 Feb 07
It is crazy when you think about it. The whys and why nots come into mind.
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@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
19 Feb 07
This does not surprise me. We don't really know or care about our neighbors anymore. We as families move all over the states and lose contact. Things move so fast many don't realize how long anything has been since the last time. I wonder how the rent was paid. We will be fortunate to die of natural causes I think!
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@brokentia (10394)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I couldn't help but wonder how many of the bills were paid. Still had power, still had water to burst the pipes, no eviction notice or anyone banging on the door to collect any payments. If I went over a year without paying the mortgage, water, power, etc...I know there would probably be someone banging on my door. LOL
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@ljcapps (1925)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I read this article, and i have to admit, i was horrified while at the same time slightly amused. And impressed that the tv had been going for a year straight and still worked. However, beyond the morbid, i felt for the man. I don't ever want to be so alone that nobody misses me for an enire year. I don't know all my neighbors, but i hope desperately that when my time comes, someone notices before i begin to smell. On top of that, i want his electric company. If we're a day late we start getting hate mail from them.
@brokentia (10394)
• United States
20 Feb 07
The hate mail is why I thought it would have tipped off even he mail man that something was up. How much hate mail from all the nilling companies do you think a person can get in a year?
• United States
19 Feb 07
Wow, it makes you want to think about your neighbors. That neighbor who said she thought he was in a nursing home is what I would have thought. There is this one lady who I grew up with who's about 89 years old now. I haven't heard about her at all and my father never sees her. Maybe I should go knock on her door :/
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@brokentia (10394)
• United States
20 Feb 07
If I had a neighbor like that, I would want to go knock on her door too! :) I would probably want to visit her at least a couple times a week too. I have had neighbors that were older...and I would visit often just to check on them. They have such wonderful stories to tell. :)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Wow this is pretty sad and strange. Nobody checked on him these years and he still had eletricity for the T.V.! Wow. Looks like none of his family cared for him. If he has a family.
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@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I find that very sad. I wonder if he didn't have any family still living? I'm sure that your family will always keep you close and would surely know if anything happens to you!
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@CatEyes (2448)
• United States
21 Feb 07
That is soo sad. I would hope that I would be missed by at least one person. I wonder how no one, not even the neigbors did not check in on him. That is too werid.
@CatEyes (2448)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Alright, I just read it and it make me sick that the lady said "we never thought to check in on him" Why not????? Have we become that callous that we don't even care about one another any more?? Ohhhh. If I had her number I think I would call her, but I think or at least I hope she feels guilty along with the rest of them.
• United States
20 Feb 07
I agree with BunGirl: someone must have been paying the electric bill if the TV was still on! It is sad that no one cared enough for this gentleman to assure his well-being. I sometimes wonder if anyone would notice I wasn't active, since I live alone on a farm and rarely get calls or visits.
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I agree also. Someone had to be paying the electric bill, unless he paid it in advance. Which, I don't know if you can. I guess when you get older, you might want to more where people can keep any eye on you! :)
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Bowling - Bowling is my favorite hobby and enjoy bowling in the leagues and going to the lanes and practicing.
This is was so sad to hear and it amazes me that none of his neighbors thought about checking up on him since he lived alone. Someone should have checked to see if he was alright or not. Another thing that amazes me is that his body was still the same and did not decompose after all that time. If the pipes had not burst, he may have been laying there for a even longer period of time. I think it is terrible that nobody even took a moment to see if he was alright or not. He must have had some family or friends.
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Not sure how my bowling picture got included in this discussion. I did not attach this picture to this comment.
• United States
21 Feb 07
This is very sad indeed; but unfortunately, I think that a lot of elderly people (and a lot of not-so-elderly people) feel very alone and wonder if they would be missed. My heart is saddened ~Donna
@abby_abz (155)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
That is really sad and strange. I don't want to die like that. huhuhuhu
@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Oh my gosh, that is really crazy. My children better notice if i was to be gone.
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Awww...that is very sad. I don't think that you would ever be missed. Well, missed as in not remembered! LOL You will never be alone with all of those children! :D I don't see how anyone could just forget about an old man like that. Wow, a YEAR! That is a very long time. I hope that I won't be missed/forgotten either. That is very sad. Especially since it was a year, and the only reason why they even noticed was because a pipe burst! :( I hope that he was happy at least. Maybe cold. :((
• Mexico
21 Feb 07
It has all to do with the social structure of your community. Outside of the big cities there is much more social contact with your neighbors and these situations are not easily happening there.bbbb
• Mexico
20 Feb 07
It all depends on the social structure of where you live. Down here in Mexico the social control is very strong and especially outside the big cities, something like described would not easily occur.
@jackf501 (853)
• Malaysia
20 Feb 07
i feel sorry to this man..dont the neighbours smell something from his house?
• United States
20 Feb 07
That is sad. I wonder if he has relatives. That would be very well be possible if you grow old and are childless.
• United States
20 Feb 07
Yaknow, the article said that the neighbors hadnt heard from him and a while and hadnt even thought to check on him. Does it really take that long to knock on the door and try to say hi? or maybe ask th landlord about the person and see if they moved out or something.
• United States
20 Feb 07
The electric company wasn't sure how his power stayed on that long, but they speculated that he had his bill paid automatically each month, so if he had the money in his bank account the bill was paid.