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Scotland Yard says death of Adhil is not suspicious


Scotland Yard says that the death of Adhil Bakeer Markar in London last week is not suspicious.

A member of one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent political families was found dead in his room at a London university shortly after going to bed complaining of a fever.

Friends who became worried when Adhil Bakeer Markar failed to answer phone calls battered down the door of his London School of Economics dorm to find him lying unconscious. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene from a suspected heart attack.

Scotland Yard is treating the death, just before 1pm last Wednesday, as unexplained but not suspicious.

Bakeer Marker, 25, had been tipped as a future head of his nation. He was studying for masters in politics after winning a prestigious Chevening scholarship, designed to give future leaders from around the Commonwealth the chance to study in Britain.

Adhil’s brother said he sent a message to relatives saying he had a slight fever.

Azam said: “He sent a message to his niece saying he had a slight fever, but he will be ok, god willing, and asked if she was having fun with the new cousin. My other brother’s wife had just given birth the day before.”