Anthrax Scientist Commits Suicide As FBI Closes In

*** FILE *** A hazardous materials unit worker is hosed down on Capitol Hill in this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001 file photo where worked continued inspecting buildings and offices for anthrax contamination. A top U.S. biodefense researcher, Bruce E. Ivins, 62, apparently committed suicide just as the Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against him in the anthrax mailings that traumatized the nation in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Los Angeles Times reported in their Friday Aug. 1, 2008 editions. (AP Photo/Ron Thomas, FILE)
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Washington (AP) A top U.S. biodefense researcher whose brother says was being aggressively pursued by the FBI in connection with a series of anthrax mailings after the September 11th terrorist attacks apparently committed suicide.

a report in today's Los Angeles times said criminal charges were about to be filed against Bruce Ivins, who died Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland of an apparent overdose of prescription Tylenol mixed with codeine.

The 62-year-old scientist had worked for the past 18 years at the government's biodefense labs at Fort detrIck, Maryland. The times said he had been told about the impending prosecution.

The Maryland laboratory has been at the center of the FBI's investigation of the anthrax attacks, which killed five people.