A tanning salon customer has found a dead body on a tanning bed.
The customer was about to use a bed at a salon in Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Austria on Sunday when they realised it was occupied, local newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported.
However on closer inspection the customer couldn’t hear any noise coming from the tanning bed.
They were able to open the tanning bed with a coin and to their shock discovered the body of a 50-year-old woman inside.
Paramedics were called, but she was pronounced dead.
It’s believed she went to the solarium about 2.30pm (local time) before she was found dead at 4.45pm.
Police said it was not believed foul play was involved in the woman’s death.
The bed was also ruled out as being a factor in her death with an autopsy being undertaken to determine what killed her.
The salon told the paper in a statement it wanted to express its “deepest condolences” to the woman’s family.
Australia banned solariums in 2015
Commercial solariums were banned across Australia in 2015 after the “No Tan is Worth Dying for Campaign”.
Australia’s SunSmart program, jointly funded by Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Government, said “there is no such thing as a safe tan”.
“Research published in 2008 found that 281 melanomas, 43 deaths and 2,572 squamous cell carcinomas were attributable to solarium use in Australia each year, at a cost to the health system of around $3 million,” SunSmart said.
“Solariums are not a safe way to tan and significantly increase your risk of cancer. If you’ve used a solarium, your skin cancer risk is greater than someone who hasn’t.
“If you are concerned about your skin cancer risk because of previous solarium use, speak with your GP.”
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