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Police probe pensioner hypothermia death

Lived in unheated apartment, couldn't pay gas bills

11 December, 16:52
Police probe pensioner hypothermia death (ANSA) - Fano, December 11 - Police in the seaside resort of Fano, in the central Marche region, on Wednesday opened an investigation into the death of a 77-year-old man who died of hypothermia Tuesday in hospital.

The retiree lived with his 69-year-old wife and two daughters aged 47 and 43 in an unheated apartment in a residential neighborhood.

The family's gas was cut off a year ago after they were unable to pay their bills. The man received a monthly 800-euro pension, and his wife did occasional jobs. The family apparently never requested aid from social services.

The extreme-right Forza Nuova (New Force) movement called for a manslaughter investigation into whether or not the gas company and social services should be held responsible.