A newspaper dated November 21, 2002, was found on his dining table and a calendar on the wall opened to the same month led officials to believe that he had been there since. The windows were sealed and radiators had been left on throughout both winters and summers, creating a very hot and dry environment. (iol.co.za)
Marcel Baril, executive director of the Family Centre in Winnipeg, called the situation bizarre and sad. “It’s odd that we live in a society where technology can take care of our affairs like that, even if we passed away two years ago, and nobody’s noticed.” (CBC News)
Alyson Hannigan once said on a talk show that if you die alone in your apartment, your starving dog will eat you, starting with your tongue. My dog’s not a big eater so it would probably be two weeks before he even bothered to pry open my lips. A guy in Canada named Jim Sulkers lay dead in his condominium for two years before his mummified body was discovered two days ago. Not by his dog, but by relatives who thought they’d visit while in the city on other business, and called police when he didn’t answer. “They knocked on his door and he didn’t answer,” said a cousin. “You assume he isn’t home. You certainly don’t assume he’s dead.” Apparently, no one was worried when they hadn’t heard from 53-year-old Sulkers, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. His bills were being paid on time by his bank from pension funds automatically deposited into his account, and the mailman was dutifully delivering letters and returning them to the post office when the mailbox was full.