Urooj Khan: Body of lottery winner poisoned with cyanide reburied as second autopsy continues
Urooj Khan, 46, died day after collecting his winning $1m check from cyanide poisoning
New autopsy will take blood, tissue, bone, hair and nail samples
Tests on his organs may determine if the poison was swallowed, inhaled or injected
Daily Mail Reporter
13:48 EST, 22 January 2013
17:13 EST, 22 January 2013
The body of a Chicago man that was exhumed three days ago for a homicide investigation involving his recently-won lottery money has been buried again Monday.
Urooj Khan, 45, had won millions of dollars in a lottery over the summer but died of cyanide poisoning shortly after the windfall.
Two of Khan’s relatives stood by his gravesite in Rosehill Cemetery as they watched him being lowered back into the ground. Authorities had called for the exhumation of his body to take samples of flesh, which could provide valuable clues into the man’s mysterious death.
The body of Urooj Khan was exhumed last month for a forensic autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiners office in Chicago
pre bonded hairNew tests: A backhoe is seen at Rosehill Cemetery today as workers begin the process of exhuming the body of Urooj Khan who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery
Cruel death: Urooj Khan (right) poses with his lottery winnings alongside his wife Shabana Ansari (left) and his teenage daughter from an earlier marriage Jasmeen (second left)
ports that the reburial ceremony was quiet and lasted only 20 minutes or so.Family members told the paper that they hope the autopsy will shed some light on Khan’s murder.
Medical examiners will take blood,
tissue, bone, hair and nail samples. They'll also examine the lungs,
liver, spleen and contents of the stomach and intestines.
Paleologos said tests on Khan's organs also may determine whether the poison was swallowed, inhaled or injected.
The autopsy was expected to be finished by Friday afternoon, though it will take two to three weeks to get test results, she said.
Khan, 46, died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death initially was ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative asked for further tests, which revealed he was poisoned.
Homicide: Khan, 46, died in July a day after collecting his $425,000 lottery winnings
Process: Cook County Medical Examiner Dr Stephen Cina speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Friday, detailing the process of Mr Khan's exhumation
Khan's wife, Shaana Ansari, and other relatives have denied any role in his death and expressed a desire to learn the truth.
However it was revealed last week that she could not eat the final meal of Kofta curry she prepared for her husband because she is vegetarian and her father - who was also in the home - did not eat it because he said he was on a diet.
remy hair extensionsImTiaz told the MailOnline that his brother was the only one in the house to have eaten the traditional indian meat dish, which was made the day after he collected his check.
Urooj’s daughter Jasmeen, 17, also did not eat the food, he said at a court hearing where a judge decided the brother of the lottery winner could be exhumed.
Fighting back the tears, ImTiaz demanded justice for his brother and said that the curry he ate shortly before dying was ‘highly suspect’.
Urooj’s sister Meraj also revealed dramatic new details of the night he died and said that she was woken up by a 4am phone call with a person screaming at the other end.
The voice was so unintelligible she was unable to tell if it was a man or a woman, she said.
Khan had come to the U.S. from his home in Hyderabad, India, in 1989, setting up several dry-cleaning businesses and buying into some real-estate investments.
Questions: Urooj's sister, Meraj Khan and brother, ImTiaz have both spoken publically of their suspicions about what role Shabana Ansari played in her husband's dead
Despite having foresworn gambling after a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2010, Khan bought a ticket in June.
He jumped 'two feet in the air' and shouted, 'I hit a million', he recalled at a lottery ceremony later that month.
said winning the lottery meant everything to him and that he planned to
use his winnings to pay off mortgages, expand his business and donate
to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
He was just days from receiving his winnings when he died before dawn on July 20.
With no outward sign of trauma, authorities initially determined Khan had died of natural causes. But a concerned relative — whose identity remains a mystery — came forward with suspicions and asked authorities to take a closer look.
Further toxicology tests found a lethal amount of cyanide in his blood, leading the medical examiner in November to reclassify the death a homicide.
Khan died without a will, opening the door to a court battle. The businessman's widow and siblings fought for months over his estate, including the lottery check.
Back in the day: The last time that Maria Jones saw her daughter Jasmeen was in 2000 when she and Urooj Khan divorced
Earlier this week, his ex-wife spoke
out publicly saying that she only learned that their teenage daughter
was living in the U.S. after her former husband was found dead under
perruques cheveux naturelsex-wife Maria Jones said that she thought that Khan had taken their
daughter Jasmeen to live in India after their acrimonious split but only
found out that Jasmeen lives in Illinois when she saw footage of Khan
accepting his giant lottery check.
'I was thinking "Oh my God! My daughter!"' Jones said.
Though Khan's current wife Shabana Ansari is not under formal investigation by police, the dead millionaire's relatives are extremely suspicious that the victim's younger wife may have had a role in the 46-year-old's death.
Now that Khan's first wife has spoken out, another element is being added into an already-complicated family drama that resulted in an untimely death and many unanswered questions.
Jones lives one state away in Indiana, but believed her ex when he said that he was taking their daughter Jasmeen to India and keeping her there during their split.
Mrs Jones was too poor to afford a lawyer at the time so she was unable to contest custody.
today her emotional scars are so deep that she has left a dramatic
voicemail on her home answerphone: 'If this is Jasmeen, please leave
your number and I will call you. I’ve been waiting to hear from you. I
One state away: Khan told Jones that he was taking their daughter to India, and she only discovered after his death that the girl had been living in Illinois this whole time
The disclosure is
another sign that the death of Mr Khan, 46, last July the day after he
collected his winning check has exposed the divisions within his family.
showed he died from cyanide poisoning but no arrests have been made.
His second wife Shabana Ansari, 32, has denied she has anything to do
with his death.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Mrs Jones, 43, said that she was 'shocked' when she saw her daughter's face on TV earlier this week.
She said: 'I don't know if she knows I'm still alive. I thought she was in India all these years'.
Jones - formerly Maria Rabadan - met Mr Khan in Chicago where they
worked together. They got married in 1991 but they divorced in 1997.
said that she later reached out to Mr Khan's relatives and was told
that he had left the US for India with Jasmeen and did not plan to come
perruques cheveuxMrs Jones did not want
to discuss her relationship with her ex-husband. She merely said it was
a 'really really long story' but said she was desperate to see her
Desperate: Jones has a plea to her daughter on her outgoing voicemail message
She said: 'I don’t know what she knows. She was so little. I don’t want to hurt her.'
MailOnline visited Mrs Jones at her home in Granger, Indiana, her
husband Billy Jones answered the door and said she was in the bath.
our reporter called later on the phone he said: 'She has decided not to
comment at this time. She's a bit emotional, it's all a bit raw'.
'She didn't know how far she was. She said, "Oh, mommy. Come and get me. I don't want to be here,"' Jones told NBC.
'There is no telling what she is going through and I'm just so sorry that I can't be there with her.
'I love her with all my heart, and she was always, every minute, every second, in my thoughts and my prayers.'
Anger: Urooj's siblings said they had compiled a 47-page dossier on everyone who knew him - including his wife, Shabana Ansari, right, adding it was 'impossible' that his death was natural
Urooj died on July 20 last year the day after he collected the over-sized check from Illinois State Lottery officials at the 7-Eleven near his Chicago home where he bought the winning scratchcard.
After taxes, the prize money amounted to $425,000 as he took it in a lump sum.
The initial toxicology report did not show up cyanide so the death was ruled as by natural causes. It was only when ImTiaz intervened that the poison was found by further tests.
Since then the final meal that Urooj, 46, consumed has become central to the case.
According to multiple reports, he was at home at the time with Shabana, Fareedun and Jasmeen.
A Chicago police source told MailOnline on Thursday that Shabana did not eat the food, and nor did Jasmeen.
Widow: Ansari has been questioned by Chicago police detectives and denies any wrongdoing over her husband's death
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Chris Rock's 33-year-old girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed a diamond ring on her wedding finger on Saturday evening while at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party in New York City.
The timing is interesting as the next day the comedian finalized his divorce from wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock.
The ring - a yellow gold double band with a small diamond - could be an engagement ring. As PageSix revealed on Thursday, a friend shared a clear image of the ring and added it was time to celebrate 'new beginnings,' strongly suggesting the standup could be on his way to another marriage.
Bling it on! Chris Rock's girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed diamond ring on wedding finger on Sunday the night before his divorce was finalized from wife of 10 years Malaak
'Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins,' the unidentified friend wrote in the caption.
The site pointed out Echikunwoke seemed to take a dig at Malaak when she replied 'Bye, Felicia,' which is a catchphrase that pretty much translates to 'don't let the door hit you on the way out,' only not as polite.
A friend added crying-laughter emojis.
They look good together: The standup and Echikunwoke at the Governor's Ball at the 88th Academy Awards back in February; she does not appear to have the ring on here
The post was then taken down.
The beauty glowed as she held onto Rock, who was also in great spirits. She had on a lovely floral-print dress with spaghetti straps and her hair was worn down over her bare shoulders.
lace front wigsA source told PageSix, 'she always wears that ring,' which appears to be true as she has had it on several times in the past six months. They have been dating for one year and she lives at his New Jersey home.
The last one: Rock and Malaak back in 2014; they have two daughters together and have raised an adopted daughter as well
His rep then said Chris was '100 percent' not engaged.
On Monday Chris and Malaak both appeared in a New Jersey courtroom to finalise the split, reported TMZ.
The 51-year-old comic actor and his wife - who have been separated since 2014 -have two daughters Lola Simone, 14 and Zahra Savanna, 12.
Chris and Malaak Compton-Rock also appear to have been raising eight-year-old Ntombi, who first came to live with them from South Africa when she was six months old, according to the website, although details are unclear.
In divorce papers, Malaak listed Ntombi-futhi Samantha as a dependent along with the Rocks’ two biological daughters.
The kids: Chris with Malaak and children Lola, Zahra Savanna and Ntombi at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere in NYC in 2012
She stated that in addition to their two children, there is a child 'who has resided with the parties since before her first birthday.'
But rather mysteriously, a spokesman for Chris told TMZ he does not have an adopted child.
TMZ previously reported that back in 2008, the family took in Ntombi who remained in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a local school.
She mingles with the big guns: Chris and Megalyn with Harvey Weinstein at the Apollo party
The site added that the girl's parents were thought to be unemployed and from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family.
They add that when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters.
However their divorce case is sealed so it is not known what settlement was reached.
Meanwhile, Chris began dating actress Megalyn earlier this year. Megalyn, who has had recurring roles in 24, ER, CSI Miami, The 4400, 90210 and Damien, was most recently featured as the animal-powered Vixen in the TV series Arrow.
Madonna surprised fans with an unexpected appearance at a 25th anniversary screening of her documentary Truth Or Dare on Wednesday.
The superstar showed up at the event held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the delight of the 400 or so in the audience.
The 58-year-old pop culture icon shared a couple of photos on her Instagram showing her standing between two on-screen images of herself from her Blond Ambition tour of 1990.
'Surreal moment!' she wrote alongside the picture.
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'Surreal moment!' Madonna surprised fans at a 25th anniversary screening of documentary Truth Or Dare and posed next to images of herself from the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour
Madonna: Truth Or Dare was first released in May 1991 and followed the Material Girl on tour and showed her behind-the-scenes with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, praying with her backup dancers and facing arrest for public indecency at her concert in Toronto, Canada.
'So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!' Madonna wrote.
Keshishian directed the film that was shot in black and white.
cosplay wigsWho's that girl? The pop icon, who just turned 58, delighted the 400 or so fans gathered to watch the film at the museum Of Modern Art in Manhattan on Wednesday
Demure: Madonna wore an off-he-shoulder red dress with white floral detailing and cinched at the waist with a black band for her surprise appearance
Sharing 'a kiki': She was accompanied by her daughter Lourdes 'Lola' Leon, 19
In a second photo shared via her Instagram, she's seen sharing 'a kiki' with daughter Lourdes Leon or Lola as she calls her.
Madonna wore a red off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce neckline and black spaghetti straps.
The frock features white floral detailing, half-sleeves and was cinched under the bust with a black band.
She added a matching black and white floral patterned purse and wore her signature blonde hair styled in loose waves to her shoulders.
Madonna had just returned from a birthday trip to Cuba with Lola, 19, and adopted children, 10-year-olds David and Mercy.
Truth Or Dare AKA In Bed With Madonna showed behind-the-scenes footage of the singer including candid moments with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty and prayer circles with her dancers
Getaway: Madonna recently celebrated her 58th birthday with a trip to Cuba accompanied by daughter Lola, 19, and her adopted children David and Mercy, both 10