I read this article on Netscape News today about a woman who died because she buried herself under piles of junk she collected for 15 years:
So I immediately started thinking about it and wondering if I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have been collecting for 20 years. My house is completely full and space is becoming a problem. My attic is full. I need a bigger place but cannot afford it because of all of the money I have spent on collecting. I have considered renting a storage unit until a friend of mine had all of his movie posters in a storage unit destroyed by a flood and the insurance would not give him the full value they were worth. I'm afraid that my ceiling will collapse and all of my toys in the attic will do me in! Do we need something like Action Figures Anonymous?This May Be the Strangest Way Ever to Die Rose Marie, 62, of Shelton, Wash., seemed to just disappear. She was reported missing by her husband, and after 10 hours of searching she was found dead under piles of clutter in their home, reports Internet Broadcasting Systems.
This was no ordinary clutter. The house was so filled with piles and piles of junk that Marie's husband had no idea his wife had died. When police searched the home for her, their heads actually touched the ceiling as they crawled over the clutter. In fact, police had to conduct two separate searches of the home before they located the body. Mr. Marie believes his wife fell while looking for the telephone and then suffocated.
Police estimate there are several tons of debris in the house. IBS reports that Mrs. Marie apparently suffered from a psychological condition known as hoarding, which is a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder. She collected items for 15 years.