A teenager over in Britain who sprayed on cans of deodorant instead of taking a bath has died from accidentally inhaling the gas contained in the cans. Read more from the Sun.
The teen, Thomas Townsend, 16, of Folkestone, Kent in southeast England, was living at a children’s home when he was found collapsed on his knees against a bed in August. He was unable to be revived by paramedics. The boy had been in foster care for five years and moved to the home in February.
Police found 42 aerosol cans in his room, and according to his mother, Sally, Thomas would spray about half a can of deodorant on himself instead of taking a shower, then spray aftershave to cover up body odor.
“He would go through a can a week,” she told investigators. His mother not only did not know he had so many cans in his room, she also didn’t know why her son refused to take showers.
“I didn’t know he had so many cans in his room, but he was a big hoarder,” his mother said.
According to the investigating pathologist, the cause of death was circulation collapse caused by butane gas inhalation. His system was free of signs of alcohol or drugs, The Sun reported.
The death was ruled an accident.
“He sprayed [deodorant] all over himself and succumbed to the effects of the gas,” coroner Rachel Redman said.
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Another teen, Jonathan Capewell, also 16 and from Oldham, Greater Manchester, died back in 1998 from having 10 times the lethal dosage of propane and butane in his blood, a coroner said. His father says, “When we told him he was using too much, he said he just wanted to smell good.”
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