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.
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