LIEGE, Belgium — A grieving woman who couldn’t bear to live without her husband slept next to his corpse for almost a year, Belgian authorities said Tuesday. Marcel H, 79 is thought to have died of an Asthma attack in November last year but his beloved wife, 69, was so devastated by his death she failed to report it.
The wife, who has not been named, continued to sleep next to her dead husband in their bed until his grisly remains were discovered Tuesday. Neighbours failed to spot the smell of the decomposing body and the authorities in Belgium only became suspicious after the landlord claimed the couple had not paid their rent since 2012.
“This liquid would have spread and the bed would have been swarming with insects as the body rotted, this would have been a real shame. “Even though the smell of human decay is quite specific , many people equate that smell to the smell of garbage and once the body has become rotten the smell does decrease significantly.”
“This is not the first time I have made a discovery of this kind, I’ve been faced with two or three other occasions where people have continued to sleep with the corpse of their partner.”