Jamaican police to say Woolmer was not murdered - report
CRICKET: LONDON, June 2 - Jamaican police are set to announce that
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered, but died of natural
causes, a British newspaper said Saturday, citing a source close to the
The Daily Mail said Jamaican detectives would announce at a press
conference next week that they are no longer treating the death as
murder and instead believe he died of heart failure brought on by
chronic ill health and possibly diabetes.
Woolmer's death sent shockwaves beyond the world of sport during the
cricket World Cup.
Detectives launched a murder investigation after an autopsy indicated
that the former England Test player had been strangled.
The 58-year-old Briton was found dead in his Kingston hotel room on
March 18, the day after cricketing powers Pakistan crashed out of the
World Cup in an shock defeat to minnows Ireland.
A myriad of different possible explanations for his death have
appeared in the world's press - including the theory that he died from
Following a review by London's Metropolitan Police, Jamaican officers
privately agree that no third party was involved in Woolmer's death, the
Daily Mail said in a front-page story.
"Mr Woolmer was not a well man. It is now accepted that he died of
natural causes," a source close to the inquiry told the tabloid.
Jamaica's Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields, a former
Metropolitan Police detective, headed the investigation..
"The knives are out for Mark," a colleague said, according to the
"It's enormously embarrassing ... there's blood on the carpet in the
"With hindsight, he should have ensured a second post-mortem was
carried out. Instead of saying the death was suspicious, he rushed out a
statement saying it was murder.
"He is going to be a laughing stock."
Woolmer's body was eventually cremated on May 4 during a private
family service in Cape Town, where he lived.