Bob Woolmer not murdered: Report
London, June 2:
Jamaican police will reportedly announce next week that Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered and died of natural causes. The Daily Mail reported today that police now believe the Woolmer, 58, died of heart failure and are set to make an announcement.
Woolmer was found unconscious in his Kingston hotel room on March 18 after Pakistan lost to Ireland in the World Cup. A Jamaican pathologist initially called the cause of death inconclusive, but four days later ruled that Woolmer was strangled. The Mail cited an unidentified colleague of Mark Shields, Jamaica’s top officer on the case, blaming the former Scotland Yard investigator for the confusion over the death and said he should have ordered a second post-mortem.
“It’s enormously embarrassing,” the colleague said. “Instead of saying the death was suspicious, he rushed out a statement saying it was murder. He is going to be a laughing stock.” Fans and media speculated that Woolmer had possibly uncovered a match-fixing scam or had been targeted by Pakistan fans incensed at their team’s performance.