Found wear­ing black mask

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HANGED: Si­mon Smith was in cup­board A LI­BRAR­IAN was found hanged in a cup­board wear­ing a black la­tex mask af­ter ac­ci­den­tally killing him­self dur­ing an “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous” solo sex act.

Si­mon Smith, 38, had the mask over his head when he was found dead at his home in Fish­guard, Pem­brokeshire.

An in­quest heard the for­mer fu­neral di­rec­tor had been try­ing a game called ‘breath play’ when he ac­ci­den­tally killed him­self.

The game – also known as auto erotic as­phyx­i­a­tion – in­volves the restric­tion of oxy­gen to the brain.

It in­creases feel­ings of gid­di­ness and plea­sure but can be fa­tal when a per­son loses con­trol and is starved of oxy­gen. house and found him in the cup­board wear­ing a black la­tex mask.

Coroner Mark Lay­ton said Mr Smith was found hanged in the cup­board but ruled his death was not de­lib­er­ate.

He said: “There is noth­ing to sug­gest that this was an at­tempt at sui­cide. Mr Smith’s his­tory of de­pres­sion doesn’t ap­pear to be a fac­tor in his death.”

Mr Lay­ton said the li­brar­ian died from at­tempted “sex­ual as­phyxia”, adding: “The proper and cor­rect ver­dict is one of mis­ad­ven­ture.”

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