He had hanged himself. Oddly, his head and shoulders were suspended from a noose only about three feet from the floor and his legs and torso were in a reclining position. Pornographic magazines were found, open, next to the body.
Erik Robinson was 12 years old in April when he accidentally strangled himself. He was seeking the moment of lightheadedness and euphoria that comes from breathing again after temporarily cutting off the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Instead, he died.
Erotic asphyxiation variously called asphyxiophiliahypoxyphilia or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for the purposes of sexual arousal. The term autoerotic asphyxiation is used when the act is done by a person to themselves. Colloquially, a person engaging in the activity is sometimes called a gasper.
Asphyxiation is a not uncommon outcome of certain addictionswhether it is accidental or self-inflicted. Asphyxiation, also known as asphyxiais the term used to describe the loss of consciousness or death due to the lack of oxygen. Asphyxiation may be caused by suffocation, smothering, strangling, choking, drowning, Injury, exposure to noxious gases such as carbon monoxideor such medical conditions as sleep apneaacute respiratory distress syndrome ARDSor congenital central hypoventilation syndrome CCHS.
DSM-5 distinguishes between paraphilias and paraphilic disorders. Paraphilias are defined as atypical, yet not necessarily disordered, sexual practices. Paraphilic disorders are instead diseases, which include distress, impairment in functioning, or entail risk of harm one's self or others.
The choking game also known as the fainting game and a wide variety of slang terms refers to intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain with the goal of inducing temporary loss of consciousness and euphoria. Limited research has been conducted regarding motivations for practicing the fainting game, although thrill-seeking has been identified as a risk factor,  as has the perception that it is a low-risk activity. Reasons for practice are distinct from erotic asphyxiation.
This type of sexual activity involves intentionally cutting off the air supply for you or your partner with choking, suffocating, and other acts. People who are into breath play say it can heighten sexual arousal and make orgasms more intense. Still, this activity is an increasingly recognized kink, and steps can be taken to make it somewhat safer for the curious.
Verified by Psychology Today. In Excess. Other hypoxyphilia variants that have been reported include: the use of plastic bags, chemical substance, food, electrocution, water submersion, and power hydraulics, etc.