French probe body at SA envoy's home
An autopsy has shown that a French woman found dead at the residence of a South African diplomat in Paris died of lung failure and tests were being conducted for possible drug use, a judicial source said yesterday.
Prosecutors opened an investigation into the 26-year-old woman's death after her body was discovered Saturday at the first secretary of the South African embassy's home, where she had attended an overnight party.
"According to the first elements from the investigation, her death was the result of a pulmonary oedema," an accumulation of fluid in the lungs, the source said.
"This death occurred in the context of possible cocaine use," the source said, adding that tests were under way to determine if any drugs were present in the body. Every person who was with this woman has been questioned."
Embassy officials could not be reached for comment.