Vatican: Heart attack killed senior sex suspect

2015-12-18 21:23
Jozef Wesolowski, (AP)

Jozef Wesolowski, (AP)

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Vatican City - The Vatican says an autopsy has confirmed that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who died on the eve of his sex abuse trial, had a heart attack.

The autopsy on Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was conducted by a team of coroners named by the Vatican prosecutor, and the results were deposited with the Vatican tribunal earlier this week. The Vatican made the results public on Friday.

In a statement, the Vatican said the toxicology tests confirmed a natural death "excluding any other external causes".

The Polish-born Wesolowski, 67, died in his Vatican apartment in August as he was awaiting trial in a Vatican court for allegedly sexually abusing minors in Santo Domingo and possessing child pornography on his computer. He was the highest-ranking Vatican official ever charged with the crime.

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