German doctors: Demjanjuk died of natural causes

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Posted: Mar 19, 2012 11:24 AM
German doctors: Demjanjuk died of natural causes

German prosecutors say that autopsy of the convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk shows that he died of natural causes.

Local prosecutor Bernd Magiera said Monday doctors were unable to determine the exact cause of death of the 91-year-old who passed away in a Bavarian nursing home on Saturday, but that "there was no indication" of any unnatural causes.

Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker from Ohio, suffered from terminal bone marrow disease, chronic kidney disease and other ailments. He rejected the accusations against him to the end and was in the process of appealing his 2011 conviction when he died.

His attorney Ulrich Busch on Monday appealed to German authorities to arrange for his body to be sent home to Ohio for burial.