[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that initial results of an autopsy cited by an ICTY official at The Hague ahead of the public release of the findings indicate that Slobodan Milosevic died of "classical heart failure". Milosevic had a long history of heart trouble and his health had forced multiple delays of his trial. The autopsy was conducted Sunday and full results are expected to be released later.
Milosevic was found dead in his cell [JURIST report] Saturday. BBC News has more.
4:44 PM ET - The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has just released this statement indicating that Milosevic died of a heart attack:
Under the authority of the Prosecution Service of The Hague, an autopsy of Slobodan Milosevic was conducted this afternoon. The autopsy was performed by Dutch forensic pathologists in The Hague..
Pursuant to a request from the government of Serbia and Montenegro, and with the concurrence of the Dutch authorities and the Tribunal Registrar, two pathologists from Belgrade attended the procedure.
The Tribunal has received a brief summary of the autopsy results. According to the pathologists, Slobodan Milosevics cause of death was a "myocardial infarction". Further, the pathologists identified two heart conditions that Slobodan Milosevic suffered from, which they said would explain the myocardial infarction.
The Prosecution Service of The Hague informed the Registrar that a toxicological examination will still be carried out. The Tribunal has been informed that the final report will be issued as soon as possible.
Slobodan Milosevics remains will be released to the family tomorrow.