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Lottery winner`s wife didn`t share last meal, source says: EXCLUSIVE

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The cyanide poisoning death of a lottery winner has been making national headlines and now FOX 32 has learned of a new twist in the case.

Urooj Khan's father is in trouble with the IRS, which has placed federal tax liens on the home where he lived, totaling $124,000.

It's just the latest legal trouble to surface for the family.

On Friday, the Cook County Medical Examiner will be asking a judge to order that his body be exhumed, so a complete autopsy can be done to determine how the Rogers Park man ingested the lethal chemical.

He became sick in his home in July and died the day after his Illinois lottery winning check of $425,000 was mailed to him. He never saw the money, which is now in escrow as a probate judge decides how to divide his estate.

Khan's widow, Shabbana Ansari, and his 17-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, are the only heirs and under state law will split the estate worth an estimated $2 million.

The night Khan died, he was home with his wife, his daughter and his father-in-law Fareedun Ansari. He ate a traditional Indian meal and later that night got sick and died.

FOX 32 has learned from a police source that neither Khan's wife, Shabbana Ansari, nor his daughter, ate the same food that Ansari prepared for him the night Khan died.

When FOX 32's Craig Wall talked to Ansari earlier in the week, she did not want to talk about the meal.

Days later, an unnamed relative tipped authorities that what was classified a death by natural causes might be something else.

"To me, that person who comes up with something like that is suspicious," says Steven Kozicki, who represents Khan's widow.

Kozicki says his client had nothing to do with the murder and even though her husband's family is fighting to make sure the daughter gets her share of the estate, it has not caused problems for her.

"She didn't have any ill will towards them," Kozicki says. "Whether they had ill will towards her, I can't answer that."

 

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