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Stress blamed for Woolmer's death

March 19, 2007 21:36 IST

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An "accidental drug and alcohol overdose" coupled with stress may have been the reasons behind Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's sudden death, a British newspaper reported on Monday.

According to The Mirror, Woolmer was suspected to have died of an "overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol."

The tabloid reported that the police in Jamaica, where the player-turned-coach died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, were investigating the angle.

The 58-year-old coach was declared brought dead to hospital, little over an hour after he was found unconscious in his hotel room.

Woolmer was a diabetic patient and had breathing problems as well. He was under severe pressure after Pakistan crashed out of the World Cup following successive losses to hosts West Indies and minnows Ireland.

Meanwhile, Woolmer's grieving family has blamed stress for his shocking death. His wife Gill and son Russell said Woolmer's job was mentally taxing and could have contributed to his death.

"His job of coaching there has been incredibly stressful," Gill told The Mirror.

"We've been speaking to the doctors and they think it is either stress or a heart attack," Russell told South African radio from Cape Town.

"There was a lot of stress in his job and it may have been stress that caused it. We're all very shocked and we don't know what to do", he added.

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