Shopping can KILL! Woman dies under piles of purchases

July 29, 2009

With this economy, you have heard of the various excuses. People are robbing because of stress.  You know that we have talked about the stress that led to the death of Steve McNair by Sahel Kazemi.  She felt the crunch of money woes and made the decision to end it all.  We also talked about Octo-hole, who is pimping her kids to make ends meet.

Each of us has a mechanism that we use to get away from the pressures of life.  Whether we rob banks, or smoke crack, there is some method that will allow us to get through the tough times.  For this woman, she used shopping to fulfill her needs.  I think that she more than met her needs…she is proof that its possible to have too much of a good thing…

Shopaholic died under purchases

Joan Cunnane

Miss Cunnane’s friend said she had been a compulsive shopper for years

The body of an elderly shopaholic was found underneath a pile of clothing and other items after she died of natural causes, an inquest heard.

Joan Cunnane’s bungalow was so crammed with purchases it took five visits to the house before she was found.

She had refused to let her friends into the house in Heaton Mersey, Stockport Magistrates’ Court was told.

Her friend Roy Moran said the 77-year-old started shopping to escape youths who once plagued her home.

Mr Moran told the court: “She said it gave her pleasure to buy things, she only bought things she really liked.”

Mr Moran last saw his friend on Christmas Day 2008 when they had lunch together.

‘Substantial pile’

He visited her bungalow in Rosgill Close four days later and found the side door ajar, but the premises was stacked from floor to ceiling with “bric-a-brac”.

“He couldn’t see her anywhere and got no response,” said coroner John Pollard.

Mr Moran said he visited Miss Cunnane’s house on three occasions without seeing her.

Concerned neighbours called police on 6 January but the first search of her bungalow was unsuccessful because of “the large amount of personal property and papers within”, Det Insp Kevin Dolan said in a statement.

Police returned the next day with a truck and a skip to clear it out and conduct a second search.

Det Insp Dolan said Ms Cunnane’s body was found in a bedroom “under a substantial pile of clothing and other items”.

Pathologist Philip Lumb said Miss Cunnane died as a result of bronchial pneumonia, and also had cancer.

Coroner Mr Pollard recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

Can her rightful aires take some of the things back and get full credit?  Too soon…”  The grim reaper mande his visit.

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