Updates on Sunanda's death: Starvation triggered cardiac arrest?

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Sunanda Pushkar's death: Shattered, says Mehr Tarar
New Delhi, Jan 20: Almost 48 hours after Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in Hotel Leela Palace, Delhi, police and medical experts have not yet reached a conclusion on the exact cause of death. Follow the updates of the probe into Sunanda Pushkar's death here: 

1:00pm: Weakness,starvation triggered cardiac arrest?

Police sources say that Sunanda was extremely weak physically and starvation added to the weakness. This might have triggered a mild cardiac arrest, they say.

(Read: Shinde says he has ordered expeditious probe)

Shashi Tharoor leaves for Haridwar

Union minister Shashi Tharoor is to leave for Haridwar soon to immerse Sunanda's ashes.

10:00am: AIIMS finds no alcohol, but anti-depressant drugs in Sunanda's body

The doctors at AIIMS hospital New Delhi, who conducted the autopsy of Sunanda, on Monday said that they have not found any trace of alcohol in the body, but presence of Alprazolam, which belongs to a group of psychoactive drugs used as sedatives. Investigators had recovered an empty strip of Alprax from the hotel room.

Doctors on Sunday had said that the death was 'sudden' and 'unnatural'.

10:00am: Sunanda was very unwell, asked friends to prepare her will

Two of Sunanda Pushkar's close friends told Times of India that she was extremely unwell and had not been eating properly in her last days.Rohit Kochhar, who works with a Dubai-based law firm, said, "We spoke last on January 14. I called her from Dubai. She was in a Trivandrum hospital for some tests. She had been diagnosed with tuberculosis of the liver. She was put on new medicines, to which her body was not used. She was hardly eating."

"Several times, Sunanda asked me to prepare her will in view of her ill health. The first time she spoke about it was 4-5 months ago and the last time was about 6-8 weeks back. But she never followed up," said Kochhar.

Reportedly, Sunanda was also suffering from Lupus -- an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissues -- and often spoke of a "sinking feeling".

8:00am: Mehr Tarar shattered

In an interview given to UK newspaper The Telegraph, Mehr Tarar, the Pakistani journalist who is at the centre of controversy now, said that she was shattered by Sunanda Pushkar's death. Merely 48 hours before her death, Sunanda had alleged on Twitter that Mehr Tarar was stalking her husband Shashi Tharoor on BBM. 

Tarar told Telegraph that  the controversy and tragic death had been caused by unfounded paranoia. Mr Tharoor loved his wife like "a romantic saga hero. Nothing meant more to him than making her happy," she said.

Tarar to be questioned?

The Delhi Police, if the probe points to a suicide,may record the statement of Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. The police will see if Mehr's alleged affair with Shashi ledx to Sunanda's suicide.

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