“The Lonely Death of George Bell” – The New York Times

This article in today’s New York Times explains what inspired the author to investigate those who die alone.

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The man who lived behind this door in Queens, New York, is one story of a person who dies alone.

Each year around 50,000 people die in New York, some alone and unseen. Yet death even in such forlorn form can cause a surprising amount of activity. Sometimes, along the way, a life’s secrets are revealed.

“They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights.

“The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone. Thus the presumption was that the corpse also belonged to George Bell.”

Click here to read the compelling New York Times article about the happenings following George Bell’s death in its entirety.

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