Poisoned lottery winner to be exhumed

Urooj Kahn, 46, died of cyanide poisoning after winning a $1m lottery jackpot. He left no will, and the suspicion around the circumstances of his death led to a probate battle over the cash. This week, Mary Wisniewski writes, his body will be exhumed in a search for answers.


  1. A 46-year-old man with at least one child and either in a second marriage or (worse, legally speaking) in a non-legally-binding live-in relationship with someone other than the mother of his child should have had a will. Maybe he did and the second “wife” made it disappear. Otherwise, what was he thinking? Probably not that he would be poisoned for his winnings, but heart attacks and car accidents aren’t that rare.

    Having said that (as a general caution to others), I particularly like the detail that the current partner talks about serving everyone the same lamb curry for dinner and his family points out that he’s vegetarian. I’ll bet she fed everyone ELSE the lamb curry and only Mr. Kahn got the “special” dish.

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