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'Sleeping' passenger on train was actually dead

Erik Kirschbaum Berlin

Published 24/12/2012 | 05:00

A 65-year-old man thought to be sleeping while sitting upright on a Berlin underground train as it criss-crossed the German capital was actually dead.

"It's tragic," a Berlin police spokeswoman said. "We don't know how long he was sitting dead on the train nor do we know the exact cause of death yet. There are no indications of foul play. He seems to have died of natural causes."

The man was found in the U-8 underground train line that runs all night at the Weinmeisterstrasse station at 5.45am yesterday when a rail worker tried to wake the man up by gently shaking him. Medics were called in but could only pronounce the man dead.

A preliminary investigation showed no indications of the man being murdered. A more detailed post-mortem is planned.

Irish Independent

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