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Autoerotic asphyxiation

Autoerotic asphyxiation is the practice of strangulation while masturbating. The decrease of blood to the brain is said to heighten the sexual pleasure.

It is a popular subject in tabloids and celebrity gossip magazines, particularly when a celebrity dies as a result of suicide or other mysterious circumstances. Such was reputedly the case with the deaths of Jerzy Kosinski (in 1991) and Michael Hutchence (in 1997), though no evidence to support the claim was produced in either case.

An accidental death due to autoerotic asphyxiation is an important plot element in the film The Ruling Class (1972), starring Peter O'Toole.

The book Acquisition of Power by Erika Barr (ISBN 1591293073), available on Amazon, touches upon this subject.

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