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Woolmer's death not associated with match fixing, testimony says

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The lead police investigator in the
death of Pakistan's cricket coach testified Tuesday there was no
evidence linking Bob Woolmer's death to match-fixing at the World
Cup.

Jamaica Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields, testifying at
Woolmer's inquest, said there was no evidence of match-fixing in
the team's games. Fans and media have speculated Woolmer possibly
uncovered a match-fixing scam or was targeted by Pakistan fans
incensed at the team's poor showing.

The 58-year-old Woolmer was found unconscious in his Kingston
hotel room on March 18, a day after his team was eliminated. Four
days later, a government pathologist ruled he had been strangled,
launching a globe-spanning probe. Several foreign doctors, however,
have concluded Woolmer died from natural causes, most likely heart
disease.