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Exhumation set for poisoned lottery winner

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Chicago - The body of a Chicago man poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery will be exhumed as authorities try to figure out exactly how he died.

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The Cook County medical examiner plans to exhume the body of Urooj Khan on Friday morning from a Chicago cemetery.

Khan died in July as he was about to collect $425 000 (about R3,7 million) 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 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.

The medical examiner expects to finish the autopsy Friday. - Sapa-AP

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