098 Lonely Millionaire froze to death in sand container

Speech Materals


A 59-year-old man who was found dead in a sand container on a train station platform on Easter Sunday was a lonely millionaire with no close relatives.

The man probably got into the container to seek shelter from the harsh weather after missing the last train home, local newspaper Goteborgs-Posten wrote.

He ended up freezing to death.

He had no cash or credit cards on him, but he did have 4 million kronor ($603,000) in the bank.

The housekeeper, who worked with the lonely millionaire for 20 years, described him as an intelligent, hard-working man who never said a bad word about anyone.

I – Word Understanding
Millionaire -a person whose assets are worth one million dollars or more.
Shelter – a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger.
Harsh – severe.

II – Have your say
1.The 59-year-old’s millions will now go into the Swedish Inheritance Fund Commission (Allm?nna arvsfonden), from which money is distributed among children, young people and the disabled.
2.Every year, 600 Swedes die without having any closer relatives than cousins and without having prepared wills for non-family members.
3.Kodokushi” or lonely death has been an upsetting phenomenon in Japan. Japan is trying to combat this trend by promoting neighborly awareness and encouraging people to check on elderly persons regularly.

098 Lonely Millionaire froze to death in sand container

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