The 39-year-old man who was found inside the statue of a dinosaur in Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelonès) died of accidental causes , according to an autopsy that has closed the investigation that the Mossos d’Esquadra opened to clarify the event , according to police sources consulted by EL PERIÓDICO. The forensic examination confirmed the predictions by the police.
It was not a death of criminal origin. The resident of Santa Coloma, who had been missing for two days according to his family, entered the papier-mâché figure and was imprisoned face down in the back leg of the structure that represented the Jurassic animal.
He ended up dying from suffocation . Most likely, the man entered the dinosaur statue looking for a shelter to spend the night, that one of the objects he was carrying – possibly his mobile phone – fell on his leg and lost his life trying to retrieve it. Long before the doctors delivered conclusions with which the mystery surrounding the case vanished, his tragic death had already gone around the world.
The ‘press clipping’ service hired by the Santa Coloma City Council , which is in charge of detailing how many media outlets have published information concerning the town, sent a daily dossier during the days immediately after the event, much longer than that of custom. So bulky that those responsible for communication of the consistory did not give credit. The name of Santa Coloma de Gramanet, for once, was mentioned all over the planet.
The unfortunate case of this man, advanced by the Elmirall.net portal on May 22 , illustrates well the dynamics that prevail in Internet journalism.
Those responsible for capturing an audience of newsrooms from the most disparate corners of the globe detected that the corpse found in Spain inside a dinosaur aroused interest and, no matter how far the Barcelona town was from their respective domains, they commissioned their workers to write a news of the episode for their digital portals.
There are hundreds and hundreds of suspiciously similar information published in different language media. The event ‘viralized’ turned into a striking anecdote of mass consumption.
The most decisive spring for this to happen on a global scale was perhaps activated by The Guardian newspaper , whose piece, signed from Madrid , is the most cited by the English-speaking media. This is what the news published by The Washington Post refers to .
Or the newspaper The USA Today , which illustrated the news with a video on the presence of remains of stegosaurus – the Jurassic species that represented the statue of Santa Coloma – in Scotland . Both American newspapers also quote the BBC, which curiously published an unsigned piece that only refers to having consulted “local media” without clarifying which ones.
The information released by the correspondent of the British newspaper also includes some Asian portals such as The Indian Express .who was looking for a place to spend the night died was a decorative element installed for publicity purposes by the owners of the old Cubits cinema in Santa Coloma. The showroom closed but the statue stayed where it was. It contained a hatch in its belly that several homeless people forced before this man as well to procure a roof.
The Santa Coloma City Council removed the dinosaur days after the event and is currently keeping it in a warehouse in case the court that instructs the case claims it, explains a municipal spokesman.