On Thursday, a forensic report and police investigation revealed that an elderly couple died alone and helpless from heatstroke and starvation in downtown Athens.
The tragedy was revealed when neighbors informed the police of a “strong stench” coming from the apartment of the fifth floor of a residential building in the Kypseli district of the Greek capital.
The man died of heatstroke, the woman from starvation
The report revealed that the 91-year-old man had died of heatstroke and his 90-year-old wife of starvation.
With the help of a locksmith, police officers entered the apartment, where they discovered the lifeless body of the woman in the hall between the bedroom and living room and of the man in the bathroom.
The key was in the entrance door and there were no signs of a break-in.
An autopsy revealed a human tragedy. The man had died of heatstroke about seven to eight days prior when a heatwave plagued the country.
His wife is estimated to have died of starvation and dehydration days later—about 24 hours before the police entered the apartment.
She reportedly suffered from serious health problems and was unable to take care of herself and could not even feed herself on her own.
The air conditioning in the apartment of the elderly couple was not working.