Tuesday, August 20, 2019
A North Carolina man who was found dead tangled up in a string of Christmas lights at the bottom of a staircase died of a stroke, according to investigators. The Wake County Sheriff's Office concluded that Fred Oudshorn, 56, was taking down his Christmas lights when he tripped over his kitten, causing him to fall down the stairs and break his back.
The man's son found him alive of August 8th at the bottom of the stairs. He cut him loose and put the dead cat in a freezer to bury later, then gave his father a pillow and blanket as he requested. The following day the son returned and found that him dead in the same place. The son then called 911 and told emergency dispatchers that it appeared that his father had "bled out."
Charges were not expected. A final report from the medical examiner's office was pending.
See Louis Casiano, NC Man Found Wrapped in Christmas Lights with Dead Cat in Freezer Died of Natural Causes, Investigators Say, Fox News, August 19, 2019.