Can Autoerotic Asphyxiation Cause Death?

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Autoerotic asphyxiation means that erotic asphyxiation practices, like hanging, self-strangulation such as with a ligature, gas or volatile solvents, suffocation with a plastic bag over the head, chest compression, are done by a person to themselves. In some cases, one may lose consciousness because of partial asphyxia. Then he will lose control over the means of erotic asphyxiation practices, which may lead to death. Famous cases:
  • Peter Anthony Motteux, died from apparent autoerotic asphyxiation in 1718, which is probably the first recorded case.
  • Albert Dekker was found dead in his bathroom with his body graffitied and a noose around his neck in 1968.
  • Stephen Milligan died from autoerotic asphyxiation combined with self-bondage in 1994.
  • Kevin Gilbert died of apparent autoerotic asphyxiation in 1996.
Keywords: autoerotic asphyxiation death; asphyxiation death
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