Reuters bureau chief Maria Golovnina found dead in Islamabad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 21:06 IST

Maria Golovnina, the Reuters bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, died after falling unconscious in her residence in Islamabad on Monday.

“Maria fell unconscious in the Islamabad bureau. An ambulance arrived quickly and she was rushed to Kulsum International Hospital, but medical teams were unable to save her,” said a brief statement posted by Reuters on Twitter.

A Russian national, 34-year-old Golovnina joined Reuters in Tokyo in 2001. She had earlier reported from Britain, Singapore, Russia and the CIS region.

Earlier, state-run Radio Pakistan had reported that Golovnina’s body was found in her home in the central Sector F-8 of Islamabad. The body was later taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

Golovnina had gone to the toilet but had not stepped out for a long time. Other people present in the house barged into the toilet and found her lying on the floor, according to a report on the website of the Dawn newspaper.

The cause of Golovnina's death could not be immediately ascertained and Pakistani authorities had launched an investigation, media reports said.

PIMS will conduct an autopsy before handing over the body to Russian authorities. A spokesman for PIMS said the body did not have any marks of injury, the reports said.

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