Illinois lottery winner killed by cyanide poisoning
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Authorities are investigating the case of a 46-year-old man from Chicago, Illinois who died by cyanide poisoning one month after winning $1 million on a lottery scratch ticket.
According to reports, the Cook County medical examiner’s office initially declared Urooj Khan’s cause of death as natural, but after a relative asked them to investigate further, a lethal amount of cyanide in Khan’s system was discovered.
Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina said Monday that Khan has no obvious signs of trauma and there was nothing to initially suggest anything suspicions about his death, but after the relative persisted, another autopsy was ordered.
A comprehensive blood analysis made in November showed a lethal level of cyanide, making Khan’s death a murder case.
Investigators said they might need to exhume Khan’s body.
It was reported that Khan realized he won the lottery on June 26.