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Retiree freezes to death in own apartment

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Retiree freezes to death in own apartment
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11:08 CET+01:00
A 79-year-old man has been found frozen to death in his Ober-Erlenbach home in the German state of Hesse, police said on Monday.

Family members saw the lifeless retiree through the windows of his apartment and the fire department was forced to break down his door around 8 pm on Sunday evening.

"Apparently the man froze to death within his own four walls," police said in a statement, adding that they are investigating details of the incident.

Germany has been gripped by a record-breaking cold snap that has already taken several lives as temperatures dropped as low as -36.6 degrees Celsius (-33.8 degrees Fahrenheit) last week.

A homeless woman froze to death in her tent on Thursday night in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate where temperatures reached -16 degrees Celsius. The 58-year-old was not prepared for the cold, police said.

Meanwhile, a 77-year-old retiree in Weimar was found frozen to death in a garden after she didn't return from an afternoon stroll last Monday.

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