Found dead: Kristian Digby.
It has been reported that Kristian Digby may have died in an auto-erotic asphyxiation sex game gone wrong after a belt and a bag were discovered by police.
The 32 year old, openly gay, BBC presenter was found dead – apparently by an ex-boyfriend – in his East London flat.
The belt and plastic bag were removed from the apartment by the authorities for forensic tests. A post-mortem examination of Digby’s body has been inconclusive but it is believed that he was alone at the time of his death.
Auto-erotic asphyxiation – in which a person starves himself of oxygen at the moment of orgasm – is said to increase arousal and pleasure. It is, however, extremely dangerous as it can lead to accidental suffocation.
A number of celebrities – such as actor David Carradine and INXS singer Michael Hutchence – are believed to have died under similar circumstances.
Digby is best known as the presenter of property-related BBC shows such as Open House, Buy It, Sell It, Bank It and To Build or Not to Build, but also made a fortune in property development.