LONDON, June 2, 2007 (AFP) – Jamaican police are set to announce that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered, but died of natural causes, a British newspaper said Saturday, citing a source close to the inquiry.
The Daily Mail said Jamaican detectives would announce at a press conference next week that they are no longer treating the death as murder and instead believe he died of heart failure brought on by chronic ill health and possibly diabetes.
Woolmer’s death sent shockwaves beyond the world of sport during the cricket World Cup.
Detectives launched a murder investigation after an autopsy indicated that the former England Test player had been strangled.
The 58-year-old Briton was found dead in his Kingston hotel room on March 18, the day after cricketing powers Pakistan crashed out of the World Cup in an shock defeat to minnows Ireland.
A myriad of different possible explanations for his death have appeared in the world’s press — including the theory that he died from natural causes.
Following a review by London’s Metropolitan Police, Jamaican officers privately agree that no third party was involved in Woolmer’s death, the Daily Mail said in a front-page story.