The BBC are reporting that the death of 72 year old Dennis Nilsen earlier this month was due to complications following abdominal surgery. Two days before the serial killer’s death he had complained of several stomach pains and was taken to a hospital in York where he had undergone an abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture repair.
Following the surgery, Nilsen’s condition continued to deteriorate until he died on May 12. An autopsy done on the killer’s body determined that he had suffered a blood clot that caused a pulmonary embolism and retroperitoneal haemorrhage. Nilsen was also suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT – often occurring in old age) that had made the surgery high risk.
Nilsen had confessed to the murders of fifteen people and had been incarcerated since 1983 for the murders of 6 of his victims. The killer’s body has since been released to his family for a private burial.
Meanwhile, The Mirror is reporting that Nilsen had a secret relationship with a man named “Jimmy” while in prison. He wrote about his lover in letters penned from his prison cell, complaining that the Home Office had stopped his lover from coming to visit, after being freed.
“The Home Office banned him from visiting me for the rest of our lives. They don’t like ex-cons and they like ex-con p***s even less”, Nilsen wrote.