Pensioner dies collecting old newspapers from container

A 68-year-old pensioner died in Palma, Mallorca, after apparently getting his head stuck in a paper recycling container.

The man is believed to have accidentally strangled himself as he reached through the narrow slot of the container to retrieve discarded newspapers.

Police discovered the lifeless body of the man on Tuesday night on a routine patrol of the area. His head was trapped in the narrow opening and his arms were reaching inside. It is believed he may have suffocated himself after his legs gave way as he reached inside.

The man was known to regularly collect old newspapers from the container to use on the floor of his house where he kept numerous animals.

An autopsy concluded that the man had encountered breathing problems when his head became lodged in the opening and that he then suffered a heart attack.

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