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A former U.N. General Assembly president who was awaiting trial in a $1million bribery scandal died in a weightlifting accident when a barbell he was lifting from a bench dropped on his neck, an autopsy revealed.
John Ashe was declared dead at his home on Wednesday afternoon by a paramedic who responded to his home in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He was 61.
Dr. Kunjlata Ashar, Westchester County's medical examiner, said the cause of death - traumatic asphyxia - was determined during an autopsy.
However, she did not perform the procedure herself and did not have additional details.
Prosecutors said a billionaire Chinese businessman and others had funneled over $1 million to Ashe while he served as president of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014.
At the time of his death, Ashe had only been charged with tax fraud in connection with the bribes, amid questions about whether diplomatic immunity might preclude any bribery charges.
originally posted by: Lazarus Short
Well, there he is in the photo with Hillary, so can we add his name to the official unofficial Clinton death list?
I would bet he was suicided...
The current General Assembly president, Mogens Lykketoft, had said earlier that Ashe died of a heart attack.
It was the second death this week of a defendant facing charges from the Manhattan US attorney. Hedge-fund manager Sanjay Valvani killed himself Monday, a week after he was arrested on insider-trading charges
The timing is a little curious though, then again, the charges didnt seem that serious.
originally posted by: tweetie
Yes, there's a ton of links stating he died of a heart attack or massive heart attack.
Ashe’s death marked a surprising turn in the corruption investigation, in which seven people have been charged to date. He had been in plea talks as recently as last month as prosecutors considered further charges.