Man who sat for 2 years dies after skin grows into chair

Metro Atlanta has some of the healthiest residents in the country, but life’s different for at least one resident of Bellaire, Ohio, located just across the Ohio River from West Virginia.


There, emergency medical workers were called to the home of a 43-year-old man who had sat in his recliner for so long — at least two years — that his skin had grown into the chair’s fabric.

He had been using the bathroom in his pants and maggots were visible, according to a local TV station.

Unbelievably, this man has a “girlfriend” who lives in the house with him. Authorities said she would bring the man plates of food. She called 911 when her boyfriend became unresponsive.

A hole had to be cut through a wall to remove the man from the rented home. He later died, according to the Toronto Sun.

This sort of thing happens more often than it should — in 2008 a woman was found grafted to her boyfriend’s toilet seat.

In other disturbing news, soccer fans smuggled a corpse into a game in Colombia (not South Carolina).

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March 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

Old Geezer

March 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

That’s the ultimate in lazy, making your girlfriend bring you food.

really really la-z-boy

March 30th, 2011
4:39 pm

bet he used to tailgate at UGA


March 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

Dateless I am sure the girlfriend is now available.


March 30th, 2011
7:32 pm

Sounds like the “Big Mamma” episode on Nip Tuck several years ago. Big fat woman was fused to her sofa, stuck in her own waste. Fire dept. carried her out through a hole in the wall then loaded her on a flat bed truck for the ride to the hospital. Funny, and tragic.


April 1st, 2011
1:11 am

Things I dont understand
1) If you follow the links, there is one item where the landlady’s excuse for not knowing how horrible things were was that he was covered up in a blanket. DIDN”T SHE HAVE A NOSE??????
2) What is the mental competence of the girlfriend and roommate for them to tolerate such heinous conditions. If someone even dribbled a little urine on my bathroom floor, the stench becomes bad after a day. Imagine these people having no problem living in such a terrible place.
3) So if his skin was fused, I take it that he didn’t even get up an inch to take a dump. Are we to assume , there was many months of excrement helping forge that bond between his behind and the chair?


April 1st, 2011
8:30 am

Uh – think this is an APRIL FOOLS JOKE


April 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

Diane, Sadly this is NOT an april fools joke. It was posted on other news agency websites a few days ago. AJC is just really really late in reporting this.


April 1st, 2011
4:19 pm

Humans are so nasty & disgusting, most of them. YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If his nasty filthy self could have a girlfriend anyone can. Pooping & wetting his pants, I can only imagine the stinch. DOUBLE YUK!!!


April 2nd, 2011
4:14 pm

Sounds like the girlfriend should face criminal charges to me, for negligence. He was basically disabled.


April 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

Being obese, lazy & disgusting is not a disability. Let people suffer the consequences of their own actions, grown adults don’t need a babysitter to tell them to get up off their fat behinds & go use the toilet like a good house broken human.


April 6th, 2011
12:57 pm

That’s why it’s important to thin out the herd.

C.M. Thornton, III

April 6th, 2011
10:45 pm

Am I the only one who would love to see photos of this?

Brandon Cullifer

May 14th, 2012
6:15 am

top post and even top blog