Bloke kept his brother's ROTTING CORPSE on his sofa for months because ‘he was afraid of being lonely’

A MAN has admitted to concealing the death of his brother and living with the corpse for several months because ‘he was afraid to be lonely’.

Valeriy, 52, could not find the strength to bury his beloved brother Andrey, 42, who died suddenly last autumn and instead lived alongside his decomposing skeleton.

The tragic tale of the two siblings saw Valeriy continue to talk to his late brother and treat him as though he was still alive for several months.

The mummified body of the deceased, who is presumed to have suffered a heart attack, was found a few days ago in the town of Novomoskovsk, central Ukraine.

The shocking discovery was made by concerned neighbours who entered the brothers’ home after not seeing either of them around for a long time.

Albina, a woman living next door told local media: “When we walked into the house we felt a horrific stench.

“A human figure was lying on the couch. It was covered with a blanket.

“When we threw the blanket aside, we saw a rotting human skeleton.”

Explaining himself to his neighbours, Valeriy said he ‘had lived with his younger brother’s corpse because he did not want to be lonely.’

Neighbours claim that even in the bitter depths of last winter, the brothers' home was continuously ventilated rather than heated, in a bid to slow the body's rate of decay.

Another neighbour, Oleksiy, said, “The window in their house was ajar all winter. I was wondering, are they hot or something.”

Disturbing images show 42-year-old Andrey's rotting frame appearing to be wearing a blue and black striped t-shirt.

Albina added: “Valeriy slept and had a meal near the decomposing corpse for several months.

“He treated his brother as if he was alive, continuing to talk to him.

“He said he was afraid of loneliness.”

The neighbours reported the unorthodox situation to the police, who moved Andrey's mummified body off of the couch and onto a carpet.

Officers carried the corpse outside before it was taken to the morgue.

Valeriy told cops that his brother died from a heart attack.

Hanna Starchevska, the police spokeswoman for the Dnipropetrovsk region police department commented: “The man lived with the corpse of his brother for four months.

“During a superficial examination, no signs of violent death were found on the body.

“According to the current version, the victim died of natural causes.

“Examinations to determine the exact causes of death are underway.”  

Andrey will now be given a proper burial at the expense of the state,according to local media.

Reports claim the siblings continued to live in their family home after the death of their parents a decade ago.

The unemployed brothers quietly led a simple life together and enjoyed relaxing with alcoholic drinks, neighbours said.

It comes just weeks after police found the rotting corpse of a 55-year-old who died on his couch five years ago at his home in Cala Millor, Majorca.

Police similarly noticed a strong smell before finding Bernat Masquida Barcelo’s skeletal corpse in a mummified state lying on his sofa with a blanket over him.

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