By Shannon Najmabadi
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Earlier this month, students at Nanchang University were criticised for failing to notice that a classmate had died until the stench of his decomposing corpse became too much to ignore.
Sadly, this sort of case has recurred – this time involving a 59-year-old man living in Shanghai’s Yangpu district. On Wednesday police discovered the body of a man, surnamed Li, when they broke into his apartment on East Yangji Road.
Li, his body showing signs of decay, was found dead in his bed – still covered by a quilt – and police suspect he may have died months ago.
Shanghai Daily reports:
“He has been dead for a while, but we still need the medical report to ascertain the exact time of death,” said Yangpu District police’s media coordinator surnamed Tang. Police have ruled out the possibility of a homicide.
Li, a bachelor who had lived alone on the building’s sixth floor for years, had reportedly not been seen by his neighbors for months.
A strong smell emanating from Li’s apartment prompted his neighbors to alert the neighborhood committee who, in turn, notified the police.
Concerns were raised over “the indifference and apathy of modern living, especially among neighbors.”
The body of a 51 year old man, named Qian Zhonghong, was discovered in November in Hongkou district. The man was reportedly found dead in his kitchen – his body putrefied and reduced to mere bones.
China.org.cn spoke to Xu Chunxian, director of the neighborhood committee where Qian had lived:
Xu said the neighborhood committee was in frequent touch with lonely elderly people aged above 65 but had never thought about middle-aged people who live alone.
Check on your neighbors people.