Lee Halpin, 26, was found dead in a disused hostel in Newcastle where overnight temperatures fell below -4C. Local media reported he had likely frozen to death, although the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. [...]
Halpin recorded a video describing his plan to experience street life as part of an application for a journalist position with the UK's Channel 4.
In the video, Halpin said he hoped his willingness to sleep rough would demonstrate the "fearlessness" required by selectors for the channel's investigative journalism program.
There appears to be some kind of drug link as well. Just terrible.
This is the video he made explaining his decision to spend a week on the streets: