Sunanda Pushkar may have died of drug overdose, says doctors’ report: sources

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Sunanda-PushkarSunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor, may have died of a drug overdose, a panel of doctors has reportedly concluded.

The autopsy report on the 52-year-old, who was found dead in a five-star hotel room on Friday, was handed over to a magistrate investigating the case.

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Sources say doctors found traces of Alprazolam, an anti-depressant, which indicates that Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor died of an overdose of some strong medicine or sedative. There was no trace of alcohol in her blood, say sources.

Sources say it will now be investigated whether the fatal overdose was accidental or not.

Doctors had said on Saturday that Ms. Tharoor died an “unnatural, sudden death”. Some physical injuries on her body are believed to be unrelated to her death, say sources.

Mr. Tharoor, the minister of state for Human Resource Development, recorded his statement on Sunday before the magistrate investigating his wife’s death. Today, he will go to Hardwar to immerse the ashes of his wife, who was cremated on Saturday.