GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - An 82-year-old Greenville woman was left sitting in a chair so long it ended up causing her death, according to the coroner, and the death is being investigated as a homicide.
Coroner Parks Evans said relatives found Barbara Anne Beam dead in a chair in a bedroom of the home on Mount Vista Avenue on Jan. 2. Evans said Beam lived in the home with two adult relatives.
Paramedics and police were called to the home. The police report said that it was apparent from the condition of Beam's body and the chair that she had been left sitting in it for an extended period of time.
The report said Beam's sister told police she had been checking on her sister throughout the night, and when she woke up in the morning, she tried to give Beam some water, but she was unable to swallow it. She said she put some ice chips in Beam's mouth and continued to check on her until she went to watch a soap opera at about noon. The sister said she found Beam slumped over a short time later and could find no pulse.
Police said the sister told them that Beam had not moved out of the chair for about six months. She also told them that Beam paid all of the bills for the home they shared.
Evans conducted an autopsy the next day and said that Beam died as a result of a blood clot that formed because of sitting still for so long. He said the manner of death is homicide by neglect.
The death is being investigated by the coroner's office and Greenville police. The case is being reviewed by the Solicitor's Office, but no charges have been brought in the case at this time.