Medical Examiner wants to exhume body of lottery winner

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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.

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