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That Viral Story About A Japanese Man Crushed To Death By His Porn Stash Is Total Bullshit

The real story is much sadder.

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A viral story about a Japanese man who died after being crushed by his massive porn collection is total BS.

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The Daily Mail appears to have started the false claim. A March 3 story claimed that a "lonely Japanese man who amassed more than six tons of porn died when a huge pile of magazines fell on top of him."

The story further claimed that the 50-year-old man, identified only as Joji, went undiscovered for six months after his death.

Both those things don't appear to be true.

According to the Japanese news source Nikkan-Spa, the man died of a heart attack.

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Although he does appear to have been a hoarder, there is no evidence he was crushed to death by his massive adult magazine collection.

Nikkan-Spa also reported that he was found a month after his death, not six months, as the Daily Mail claimed.

The news site also described the sad but common phenomenon of kodokushi — solitary deaths — with people often going undiscovered for weeks or months because they led solitary lives.

The story went viral and was picked up by news sources around the world.

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Numerous outlets including Gizmodo and Snopes have already debunked the fake porn-crushing story, but versions of the false report are still widely available online.

The erroneous Daily Mail article has received almost over 64,000 likes, shares, and comments on Facebook. It has not been corrected.

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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