Do not disturb: Dutch man lay dead for four years

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Relatives took literally a Dutch man's instructions not to be disturbed when he went to his bedroom: they let him alone and his body was found in bed four years later, police said Wednesday.

The man, 50 at the time of his death, lived with four siblings aged between 44 and 71 in the northern village of Minnertsga.

"He was used to being obeyed and very quick to anger," police spokesman Wouter De Vries told AFP. "Four years ago he told his brothers and sisters he didn't want to be disturbed and went to his bedroom.

Though they frequently passed by the bedroom door, no one dared to open it and look in, de Vries said. The body was only discovered when the landlords decided some work needed doing in the room.

"A decomposing body produces a very strong smell, and it's really remarkable that his brothers and sisters don't seem to have noticed anything," the police spokesman said, while adding that crime was not suspected for the moment.

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