Nigel Willis: Killed By Vibrator
7th February 2014

The tragic death of a man killed as much by needless embarrassment as by his injuries.

Posted in >

Nigel Willis: Killed By Vibrator

Nigel Willis: Killed By Vibrator

In our often sexualised and relatively liberated culture, sexual experimentation is now rarely accompanied by the taboos of even the recent past. As more public figures reveal their sexual preferences and the anonymity of online discussion allows people to express their innermost thoughts, so barriers have come down for many people.

But not to all. The tragic case of Nigel Willis proves that sexual misadventure can still cause acute embarrassment and shame. Horrifically, this sense of shame contributed to Mr Willis' death.

The 50 year unemployed diabetic was living at home with his elderly mother, to whom he acted as carer. At some point over the Christmas period of 2013, he experimented with inserting a vibrator in his anus. Unfortunately, the vibrator became stuck in his rectum. But so acute was Mr Willis' embarrassment that he evidently felt unable to seek medical assistance - perhaps hoping or believing that the item would work its own way free in time.

Sadly, this was not the case and it wasn't until the 20th December that a friend finally persuaded him to seek help at Lewisham Hospital due to dizziness and a general weakness so severe he was barely able to move. This resulted from septic shock caused by a perforated bowel - the vibrator having caused serious internal injury.

Badly infected, Mr Willis was unable to recover from his injuries and died on the 7th February, 2014.

Assistant Coroner to inner-south London Sarah Ormand-Walshe described the death as 'sad', and told the inquest into his death:

"He appears to have had a foreign object which has become stuck in the lower part of his bowel and had been there for a number of days when he was encouraged to go to hospital by his friends on 30 December 2013. That night it was discovered that it looked like he had a perforated bowel. The main cause of death clearly is just the abdomen injury - the injury to the bowel."

The coroner recorded the cause of death as multi-organ failure, sepsis and a perforated bowel. 

Comments and Discussion

Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 24th November 2014 | © Weird Island 2010-2017
URL:
5.00 based on 3 reader ratings 5 stars
3 people found this to be 'fascinating'
Rate this entry:

Nigel Willis: Killed By Vibrator: location

Map