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Cup kills Woolmer, gives India blues

cricket Updated: Mar 19, 2007 04:00 IST
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In perhaps the most horrific aftermath of sporting failure, Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer died on Sunday under mysterious circumstances, a day after his team was shockingly knocked out of the World Cup.

At 2 pm local time, Pakistan team media manager Pervez Mir told a stunned international media: "I have to announce with great sadness that Mr Woolmer has passed away. Doctors have pronounced him dead."

According to Jamaican rules, an autopsy is required and will be conducted later. Woolmer's body will be kept at the hospital over the next two days. Authorities are waiting for his wife Gill to get to the Caribbean. She will decide where the funeral will take place.

Woolmer, 58, was declared dead at the University Hospital barely hours after being found unconscious in his room at the Pegasus Hotel. "The housekeeping staff found him lying on the floor of his hotel bathroom around 10.50 am and rushed him to hospital," Mir said.

While details are sketchy, speculation is rife if it was a heart attack, a brain haemorrhage or something suspicious — or even if Woolmer was brought dead on arrival to the emergency unit of the government-run hospital.