Not murder, says widow of Oxford professor

The widow of an Oxford professor has denied her husband was murdered and termed as a "tragic accident" his death at the home of his close friend.

London: The widow of an Oxford professor has denied her husband was murdered and termed as a "tragic accident" his death at the home of his close friend, an Indian-origin mathematician Devinder Sivia.

The body of Steven Rawlings, a 50-year-old astrophysicist, was found at the home of Sivia in Oxfordshire on Wednesday.

Sivia, a 49-year-old Sikh mathematics lecturer at Oxford University, was arrested.

He was released on bail Friday as police downgraded the investigation into Rawlings` death, reported Daily Mail.

Rawlings` widow Linda said: "It wasn`t murder."

"Steve and Devinder were best friends since college and I believe this is a tragic accident."

"I do not believe that Steve`s death is murder and I do not believe Devinder should be tarnished in this way," she was quoted as saying.

IANS

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