The body of Urooj Khan, the Chicago lottery winner who was murdered, was reburied on January 22nd after an autopsy done by medical examiners. Khan, 45, had won a million dollars last summer but died of cyanide poisoning just days after his big win. Two of Khan’s relatives stood by while his body was lowered into the ground at Rosehill cemetery. Authorities had asked for the exhumation to perform further tests after hearing from a relative who asked authorities to take a second look at Khan’s death.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the reburial ceremony was quiet and subdued. The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes. Family members told reporters they hope the autopsy will shed more light on Khan’s murder. Medical examiners took exhumation. They will also take a look at the lungs, liver, spleen and contents of the stomach and intestines. Paleologos said tests on Khan’s organs will reveal how the poison was administered. The complete autopsy will be completed by Friday afternoon but examiners say it will take two to three weeks to get results.
Khan died in July just as he was getting ready to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death was originally ruled a result of natural causes but a relative asked for further tests which revealed the cyanide. Khan’s wife, Shaana Ansari, has denied that she had any part in the poisoning and expressed a desire to learn the truth. Last week it was revealed that Ansari did not eat Khan’s final meal of kofta curry because she is a vegetarian and her father, who lives in the home, did not eat because he was on a diet.
Khan’s brother ImTiaz told reporters that his brother was the only one to have eaten the traditional curry meal. ImTiaz also said that Khan’s daughter Jasmeen also did not eat the meal In court ImTiaz demanded justice for his brother. Rooj’s sister Meraj also revealed dramatic new details about the night of Khan’s death. Khan was an American success story. Khan came to the US from Hyderabad, India, in 1989 and soon had a thriving dry cleaning buasiness. He also invested in Real Estate. Khan had planned to use his lottery winnings to pay off mortgages and donate to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Final test results will not be available for two to three weeks.