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Lottery winner dies from cyanide poisoning

Urooj Khan, 46, died in the summer of 2012, one week after he won a $1 million prize from an Illinois Instant Lottery ticket.

His death was initially ruled natural causes, until a tip led to further testing which revealed cyanide poisoning.

No one has been charged. The investigation is on-going.

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The body of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned will be exhumed tomorrow.
Urooj Khan died of cyanide poisoning last summer after winning a million-dollar lottery.
The exhumation at Rosehill Cemetery on Chicago’s north side is set to begin about 7 a.m.
An initial ruling saying Khan’s death was due to natural causes was revised when cyanide was detected in his blood sample.

The body of a lottery winner who was poisoned, will be exhumed Friday.

Urooj Khan died in July after winning a million dollars.

An autopsy last summer ruled he died of natural causes.

But toxicology tests performed at the request of a relative, found cyanide in his system.

Kahn’s wife and father-in-law have been questioned, but no charges have been filed.

A Cook County judge has granted the State’s Attorney’s request to exhume the body of lottery winner, Urooj Khan, from his burial site at Rosehill Cemetery.

Khan’s July 20 death was classified as natural causes before investigators found traces of cyanide in his body.

They now want to examine his remains to see if the poison was consumed or inhaled.

Khan’s death came weeks after he won a $1 million jackpot on a scratch-off ticket.

Police questioned Khan’s widow about his last meal.

She says the family ate dinner together, and that she had nothing to do with Khan’s death.

A Cook County judge granted permission to exhume the body of a poisoned lottery winner Friday morning.

Judge Susan Coleman gave a quick OK to the request by the medical examiner’s office, saying no one had objected to exhuming Urooj Khan’s body at Rosehill Cemetery on Chicago’s North Side.

46-year-old Urooj Khan was buried in July at Rosehill Cemetery, just days after he turned in a winning lotto ticket.

That ticket was worth $425,000 in a lump sum payout.

Khan’s death was initially blamed on natural causes.

Authorities have since reclassified the case as a homicide after they received a tip from a relative that led to a further investigation.

That’s when they realized Khan died of cyanide poisoning.

A focus of the investigation is financial disputes among relatives and Khan’s final meal with his family at their home in Rogers Park.

The curry dinner was prepared by Khan’s wife, who served the meal to him, her father and Khan’s teenage daughter from a previous marriage.

Experts say a capsule full of cyanide can kill someone in under two hours.

The Cook County medical examiner would then perform an autopsy with a focus on organ tissue to see how the deadly cyanide entered his system.

Blood and fluid samples could also provide important evidence.

There was no autopsy back in July because Khan’s death was believed to be from natural causes.

Download the court order here: Kahn Order to Exhume

Tomorrow a judge decides if the body of a poisoned lottery winner can be exhumed.
The exhumation of Urooj Khan could begin next week from Rosehill Cemetery.
Investigators want to know whether he consumed or inhaled cyanide.
One of the last people to see him alive owns the tire store next to Kahn’s dry cleaners in Rogers Park.
Tony Morad says they were hanging out together hours before Kahn died July 19th.
Meanwhile, the Tribune reports Kahn’s wife says she was questioned about ingredients in his last meal.
Records obtained by the Tribune reveal that her father-in-law owed $120,000 in back taxes.

A judge will determine Friday if the body of Urooj Khan will be exhumed.

In a WGN exclusive interview, Tony Morad a friend of Khan’s said he’s shocked.

“Nobody can believe it,” said Morad.  “He was very nice.”

The process of Khan’s exhumation could begin as early as next week.

The medical examiner will seek to determine if the cyanide that killed Khan was ingested or inhaled, which could provide details of his death.

The Cook County Medical Examiner wants to get the body of a poisoned lottery winner exhumed.

Urooj Khan died in the summer of 2012, one week after he won a $1 million prize from an Illinois Instant Lottery ticket.

His death was initially ruled natural causes, until a tip led to further testing which revealed cyanide poisoning.

On Friday, Prosecutors will seek to have his remains exhumed, to find out more about what happened to him.

“Cyanide can be inhaled.  It could also be ingested,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina.  ” We could learn from the exudation, depending on the body’s condition, which mode was most likely in this case.”

“(Cyanide) is extremely lethal. A little goes a long way.  Less than a gram is enough to kill someone,” said Cina.

The Chicago Sun-TImes reports that Khan’s body was not embalmed because he was muslim.

That would lead to more rapid deterioration, which could affect autopsy results.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Khan’s father-in-law owes more than $120,000 in back taxes.

The father-in-law was living with Khan when he died.

An attorney says the father-in-law is devastated by Khan’s death.

The widow of a lottery winner who died before he could collect his winnings is eager for his body to be exhumed after his death was reclassified as a homicide.

Urooj Khan of West Rogers died of cyanide poisoning weeks after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Cook County authorities plan to get a court order to exhume the body in search of further evidence in Khan’s death.

Shabana Ansari, Khan’s wife said she was questioned by police and denies any involvement in Khan’s death.

Despite initial reports, Ansari also denied she fed her late husband dinner the night he died.

There has been no indication from the Chicago Police Department that Ansari was involved in Khan’s death and no charges have been filed against her.

An attorney for the wife of a poisoned lottery winner says she was questioned extensively by Chicago police, and her home was searched.

Urooj Khan died suddenly after winning a million dollar lotto prize in July.

The medical examiner’s office reclassified his death as a homicide last month, when it was determined Khan died from a lethal dose of cyanide.

The medical examiner is now seeking court approval to exhume his body for an autopsy.

No charges have been filed in his death.

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina is asking to have the body of Urooj Khan dug up for an autopsy.

Cina suspects Khan was poisoned after winning a million dollar lottery prize last July.

Khan, 46, owned a dry cleaning business on the city’s North Side.  He’d sworn off playing the lottery, but made an exception the day he purchased his winning ticket at a 7-Eleven store near his home.

He died suddenly just weeks after his win.

Because there was no apparent trauma to his body and no unusual substances in his blood, the medical examiner’s office declared Khan’s death to be from natural causes and he was buried at Rosehill Cemetery without an autopsy.

About a week later, a relative told the medical examiner’s office to take a closer look at Khan’s death.  Comprehensive toxicology tests showed that Khan had died of a lethal amount of cyanide, prompting Chicago police and county prosecutors to investigate his homicide.

While no motive has been determined yet, police haven’t ruled out that Khan was killed because of his big lottery win. He died before he could collect the winnings – about $425,000 after taxes.