Updated 01/18/13 – 4:55 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — An autopsy was conducted Friday on the body of a lottery winner who died from cyanide poisoning last year, after his body was exhumed for further testing, but the results of those tests won’t be completed for a few weeks.
Authorities exhumed Urooj Khan’s body at Rosehill Cemetery Friday morning, and then brought it to the Stein Institute, for a complete autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Khan died on July 20, days after he won $1 million from a state lottery scratch-off ticket. His death was initially ruled to be the result of natural causes. Dr. Stephen Cina, the county’s chief medical examiner, has said there were no signs of trauma, and the initial investigation did not suggest anything suspicious about Khan’s death.
But his family later said they didn’t believe his death could have been natural, and wanted a closer look. Tests of blood samples from Khan showed cyanide in his system, and later toxicology tests revealed a lethal level of the poison, prompting the medical examiner’s office to declare his death a homicide.
Last week, a judge authorized the county’s request to have Khan’s body exhumed for a full autopsy.
Cina said Khan’s body was autopsied Friday, to determine how the cyanide got into his system.