The Man Who Died Trying To Stop His Snoring

In 1996, Mark Gleeson, of Hampshire, UK, was told by his doctor that his snoring was incurable. The snoring was due to sinus problems following a car accident. That’s when he decided to take matters into his own hands. After drinking some wine and downing a few sleeping pills, the 26-year-old opted to shove tampons up his nose to silence the snoring. The next day when his girlfriend arrived, she found Gleeson unresponsive. It turned out that he had died in his sleep. The medical examiner listed his cause of death as asphyxiation due in part to the tampons, indicating that the sleeping pills would also have added to his breathing difficulties. Gleeson’s death was ruled an accident.