Exhumation of poisoned lottery winner under way

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have begun exhuming the body of a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery.

Backhoes began digging at a Chicago cemetery Friday morning to exhume the body of Urooj (oo-ROOJ') Khan. The Cook County medical examiner plans to conduct another autopsy in an effort to figure out exactly how he died.

Khan died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death was initially ruled a result of natural causes, but a relative pressed for a deeper look.

Full toxicology results revealed in November that Khan was poisoned. His death was reclassified as a homicide.

Authorities hope a forensic autopsy will produce more evidence and tests on Khan's organs may determine whether the poison was swallowed, inhaled or injected.

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