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Bob Woolmer strangled to death

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2007 | 6:52 PM

LeVaughn Flynn

Staff Reporter

A high-ranking police officer in the Jamaica Constabulary Force has confirmed to The Gleaner that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was strangled to death.

Woolmer, 58, was found in his hotel room shortly after 10:00 on Sunday morning unconscious with blood and vomit on the floor and walls. It was first believed that Woolmer’s sudden death was the result of a heart attack but further examinations showed that the bones in Woolmer’s neck were broken.

Confirmation that the coach was murdered comes shortly after former Pakistani fast-bowler Sarfraz Nawaz said he suspected foul play.

\"Woolmer\'s death has some connection with the match-fixing mafia,\" Nawaz told wire service AP. \"I\'ve been saying this for the last four days that Woolmer\'s death is not natural, but it\'s a murder.\"

Woolmer, who was born in India but played international cricket for England and previously coached South Africa, is survived by his wife and two children.