Masturbation Injury and Death
So many ways to live, so many ways to die. Pretty as that thought may be, the fact is that most masturbation deaths are simple variations of auto-erotic asphyxiation. People end up suffocating themselves, either through simple strangulation with a rope, in an effort to increase orgasmic intensity, or through more creative means. And, in some cases, even if you don't end up dead, you might wish you were...
First, a Few Statistics
Auto-erotic asphyxiation (asphyxiophilia) accounts for 250 to 1000 deaths per year in the United States. Though cases have been reported of people from 11-75 years old, the most common practitioners are 12-25 years. It's almost exclusively a male kink; few female cases have been reported. According to one study, during asphyxiation, 51% of people engage in sexual bondage, 12% in sexual masochism, 9% in fetishism, and only 4% in transvestitism. The practice has been described in medical literature for over 100 years, in fact, in Victorian England there was a "Hanged Men's Club" in London that specialized in getting its members off through strangulation.
Source: The Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 18, No. 3, 181-189
Wrapped in Plastic
One morning, a security guard walked through a warehouse in New Orleans, looking to relieve the nightshift guard. After looking around for a while, he stumbled on the 34-year-old man, wrapped in clear plastic from head to toe, save a snorkel protruding out the top.
Closer examination by the coroner revealed a a truly sorry tale. The man was completely naked, with semen on his thigh and right hand. In his left was a knife, which he had vainly used to free himself from this "cocoon" after the snorkel slipped off. By the way, they searched his car, where he apparently lived, and found several articles of female clothing.
Source: The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology; 6(2):151-152, June 1985
I'm So Pretty
Poor guy. 48 years-old, married, and it took five days to discover the body:
Source: Pathology; 26, 276-280, 1994
Magic Carpet Ride
One day this 60 year-old man just didn't show up for work. They went to his apartment, where they found his dead wet body, wrapped in fourteen different blankets partially sewn together. After they removed two pairs of hotpants, one pair of long johns, socks, and an undervest, they found his penis (and accompanying semen) in a plastic bag.
Investigators found 60 blankets in his apartment. Reconstructing the scene, it appears that the man covered the floor in the room with several layers of blankets, affixing tape to the distant blankets. He then rolled himself u in them, the tape holding him immobilized. This round, though, he suffocated himself.
Source: The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology; 8(3):263-265, 1987
Losing It All
Mr. A's 68-year-old mother found him collapsed on the couch in urine-soaked pants. She called an ambulance which rushed him to the hospital. When they examined him for his "fever, chills, and problem urinating," the doctors discovered his gangrenous scrotum swollen to the size of a grapefruit and urine oozing out of the rotted tissue at the base of his penis. An x-ray showed a 10.5-centimeter long metal cylinder lodged there. The treatment? Immediate amputation of the penis and scrotum. They were able to save the right testicle, though, which they transferred to his thigh.
Eventually, Mr. A revealed the specifics of how that metal tube got there. Since the age of 14 he'd been inserting plastic or vinyl tubes into his penis while masturbating. He discovered about 12 years before the hospitalization that the chrome casing of a tire pressure gauge makes an excellent sex toy, especially when lubed up with Vaseline. He used this toy without incident for about 5 years, until it got lost in his bladder. There it stayed for 7 years until it migrated down into his scrotum.
Source: The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 46:12, Dec 1997