|[Published: Monday July 09 2018]
UK Novichok victim Sturgess dies
SALISBURY, England 9 Jul (ANA) - An English mother of three has died after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in the UK town of Amesbury last Saturday.
Police will launch a murder investigation into the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, who passed away on Sunday after over a week in intensive-care in a Salisbury hospital.
Her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, who was exposed to the nerve agent with Sturgess on June 30 remains critically ill in hospital.
Police say it was the same agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia in Salisbury four months ago, both of whom have since recovered and left hospital.
"This is shocking and tragic news. Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time," head of UK counter-terrorism policing Neil Basu told reporters.
Tributes have flowed on social media, where Facebook friend Martin Bond described Sturgess as "a mother of a beautiful daughter & a Good (sic) person".
A representative from Salisbury district hospital said staff "worked tirelessly to save Dawn. They did everything they could."(ANA)
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