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That story about the Japanese man who was killed by his porn collection? It’s fake!

Death by getting crushed under your six-ton porn collection? Seems like a glorious way to go out, but unfortunately, that’s not the case for one misunderstood Japanese man.

On March 3, the Daily Mail published an article about a man in Japan who died after his porn collection fell on him. The scandalous headline read:

‘Porn is really bad for you! Lonely Japanese man who amassed a SIX-TON pile of dirty magazine died when it collapsed on top of him… and his body wasn’t found for six months.’

The story quickly circulated online, where it was picked up by media outlets like The Mirror, The Toronto Sun, and Sky News Australia. But like many things on the internet today, the story is fake news.

On February 28, Nikkan Spa originally covered the story, minus the sensationalist spin. Apparently, the man died from a heart attack and crashed into his porn magazines, causing the items to fall around him.

The man's porn stash

Like many others who lived a solitary life – they’re called kodokoshi in Japan – his remains weren’t immediately found. It took longer because the magazines soaked up all the bodily fluids, the stench of which would have alerted the neighbours.

“In order not to become a shame of the deceased, we try to dispose of adult toys in the room so that the bereaved family will not be aware of it,” a cleanup crew member told Nikkan Spa.

So to be clear: the guy died and fell on his porn collection, contrary to the version that’s been going around.

Gizmodo has called out the Daily Mail about their fake news, pointing out their lack of citations and links to Nikkan Spa. “It appears that nothing in the Daily Mail’s version contains original reporting, aside from the sensationalist errors that it introduced,” they wrote.

While this tale about a man dying from too much porn isn’t true, there have been instances where people have died from too sex or masturbation. Be careful, guys. Moderation is key!

Via Gizmodo

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Inigo is a writer and graphic designer from Manila, Philippines. He is a soldier of love who will carry you on his strong back of awesomeness when the zombie apocalypse arrives.

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