Elderly Tas man suffered 'lonely death'

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An elderly man weighed 38 kilograms when he suffered a "lonely death" from hypothermia in the middle of a Tasmanian winter.

The body of Kenneth James Wells, 80, was discovered by police in his Launceston home in the state's north on July 8 last year.

Mr Wells, who was not married and had no children, lived alone in the unit and was found half under his bed with no clothing on his upper body.

"I am satisfied that the cause of Mr Wells' death was hypothermia," coroner Simon Cooper wrote in his findings published this week.

Mr Wells, who the coroner concluded lived a solitary life, was last seen alive by a neighbour about a fortnight before his body was found.

He had lived in the unit, which police described as cold and cluttered, with his mother until her death.

Almost $70,000 in cash was found in the home, with Mr Cooper ruling there was no evidence he was the victim of a crime.

An autopsy conducted at the Launceston General Hospital concluded Mr Wells weighed 38 kilograms.

"The circumstances of (his) lonely death are not such as to require me to make any comments or recommendations," Mr Cooper said.

"I convey my sincere condolences to those whose lives were touched by Mr Wells."

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