Brazil TV crime host accused in killings dies
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:55
Rio De Janeiro: A former Brazilian TV crime show host and state legislator accused of orchestrating murders to boost ratings has died.

A spokeswoman for a hospital in Sao Paulo said today that Wallace Souza died after having a heart attack.

Police say Souza orchestrated murders of rival drug traffickers in the Amazon city of Manaus. He was also accused of drug dealing.

Police alleged that Souza would direct crews from his crime show to the scene to obtain exclusive footage.

Hospital spokeswoman Raquel Rojas says the 51-year-old suspect died yesterday afternoon. He had been hospitalised since March 18.

She says Souza suffered from Budd Chiari syndrome. The rare disorder causes clots to form in blood vessels in the liver.


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:55

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