Coroner: Researcher's cyanide death was suicide



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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A coroner has concluded that the death of a Pittsburgh medical researcher found with cyanide in her body last fall was a suicide.

Allegheny County authorities say co-workers found 35-year-old Nicole Kotchey of Ross Township on the floor of her office at the Magee Women's Research Institute in November. She died about four hours later.

Medical examiner Dr. Karl Williams attributed the death to cyanide later in November but deferred a ruling on the manner of death.

His office said Tuesday that Kotchey died of the combined toxic effects of cyanide and a medication used to treat epilepsy.

Her death came a week after a former medical researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was convicted of first-degree murder in the April 2013 cyanide poisoning death of his wife.

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