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Couple found dead in Tokyo apartment

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Police are investigating the deaths of a couple in their apartment in Tokyo's Arakawa Ward.

According to police, the man, in his 40s, was found dead in front of the toilet door, while his wife, who is in her 50s, was found dead and locked inside the toilet. The couple were found at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday by a bento home delivery man, Fuji TV reported Saturday.

Police said it appears the man had come home severely intoxicated and fell into a deep sleep in front of the toilet. His wife called her relatives complaining that her husband had fallen asleep in front of the toilet door, and then she went into the toilet. But her husband awoke and then fell down again, this time blocking the toilet door from opening. His nearly 100-kilogram body blocked the door, making it impossible for the woman to leave.

Police believe she likely died of heatstroke and or dehydration. The couple rarely used the air conditioner.

Sources say that the man was taking medication to treat an illness.

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Why didn't the relatives get over there or send someone to check? She called for help. A call that was not answered.

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RIP but sounds like Final Destination

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This is truly sad.

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Oh dear....

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And the relatives did nothing? Why didn't she call the police?

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blocked...not locked

Sounds like an aneurism.

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There's something very odd here, even in a drunken stupor he would wake after a few hours surly? Dehydration is unlikely as there is water available in most Japanese toilets.

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This is beyond bizarre! She has her phone with her in the bathroom, calls a relative but not 119? Has to be more to this story.

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As ill luck would have it, a number of chance events seem to have invited the tragedy this time. RIP.

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Another reason not to be obese.

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This was reported on the TV a few days ago. The guy fell down drunk near the toilet, wife phoned relatives to complaine about him. She went into the toilet, husband rolled over - blocking the toilet, and after some time they died.

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Lord have mercy! How bizarre!

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Sorry but I do not believe that sorry.... way too much conjecture.

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This is very hard to believe. Has an autopsy been performed? It sound like a variation on those murder cases where the police decide it's a suicide because they don't have no clue who the suspect is.

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"his wife, who is in her 50s, was found dead and locked inside the toilet. "

According to J media, she was found with the toilet door opened about 30 cm and her head and part of her upper body were outside the toilet.

Also the woman called relatives to say the husband was drunk on the floor before she went into the toilet (he had come home from a memorial service for a dead family member. There was no mention of her taking a phone into the toilet with her.

@ IfeelImust "There's something very odd here, even in a drunken stupor he would wake after a few hours surly? Dehydration is unlikely as there is water available in most Japanese toilets."

He wouldn't wake up if he died in his drunken sleep. Maybe the wife died or passed out during strenuous efforts to get out of the toilet before having a chance to think about drinking toilet water.

@ Mocheake "This is beyond bizarre! She has her phone with her in the bathroom, calls a relative but not 119?"

There is no indication she had a phone in the toilet and she called relatives before getting trapped. Probably just to complain about the drunken husband but not necessarily calling for help.

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Another reason not to be obese.

How do you know he was obese?

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Considering both husband and wife were dead at the toilet, who ordered a bento and how did he get in to find them?

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@ Oz_David "Considering both husband and wife were dead at the toilet, who ordered a bento and how did he get in to find them?"

No one had to order it, or rather it was already ordered from a regular bento delivery service, such as is often used by elderly, disabled, etc. people. When the couple didn't answer the door, the delivery person contacted the landlord or manager.

@ Strangerland "Another reason not to be obese.

How do you know he was obese?"

The husband was reported to be about 100 kilos. I didn't hear anything about his height or the wife's size.

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Theatre of the absurd

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Japanese media say the guy was about 100 kilos.

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Oops! Missed your comment educator-san.

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Weird. Death by mishap.

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100kg as a weight without reference doesn't tell us whether he was obese, tall, or muscular. I've been 100kg, at 18% body fat - not obese at all. Other people are really tall, and 100kg is their natural weight, though in Japan this isn't so likely. But not impossible either.

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@Strangerland

I agree that we don't know whether the man was obese. But I also think it is not a particularly relevant point. I think the reason the J media mentioned his weight would be that it would help explain why the wife was unable to move both before she went into the toilet and after she became trapped in the toilet.

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I agree. I was simply referring to this comment from earlier in the thread:

Another reason not to be obese.

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