Coroner: Lottery Winner Murdered With Cyanide
Urooj Khan's death officially ruled a homicide, but no no clues emerge
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2013 3:43 PM CST
Cook County medical examiner Stephen Cina, right, talks about the autopsy results on lottery winner Urooj Khan's body during a news conference, March 1, 2013, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – It's official: Urooj Khan didn't die of natural causes. Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina today ruled the lottery winner's death a homicide, saying he'd died of cyanide toxicity and confirming his initial diagnosis in January, CNN reports. But because there's no cyanide left in Khan's body, he was unable to determine how it might have gotten there. "Cyanide has a short half-life," Cina explained. "Due to advanced putrefaction of the tissue, no cyanide was detected."

Cina also added that coronary artery disease contributed to Khan's death—his arteries were 75% blocked—but that this only served to bolster the case for cyanide. "Since cyanide affects oxygen utilization in the tissues, it follows logically that a natural disease process that already limits blood flow to the heart could render an individual particularly susceptible to death due to this toxin." Khan died the day after being issued a $425,000 check for winning a scratch-off game. For all the details of the saga, click here.

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Mar 4, 2013 12:49 PM CST
When you have family, you do not need enemies.
Mar 2, 2013 11:07 PM CST
Money is looking to overtake Religion as the key instigator of human depravity. What's new?
Mar 2, 2013 8:05 AM CST
Not to worry. Karma will do her in. Her new husband has it all worked out. And round and round it goes.