Donald Smith, a Vietnam war veteran, who lived in Detroit, Michigan, has met an unsavoury end at the age of 78.
He was found buried under a two foot pile of dead cats and cat shit.
He had probably been there since last December, which was the last time he was spotted by neighbours.
A 61 year-old woman who lived with him has been taken into care; neighbours saw her with a festering wound and surrounded by flies and called the police.
Eight healthy cats and kittens were found at the property.
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